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"You can have the results you say you want, or you can have all the reasons in the world why you can’t have them. But you can’t have both. Reasons or results. You get to choose."


Susan Carlson

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Secrets of Success?

Based on lots of watching other people reach goal while I remain obese, I have noticed some common factors in many of these successes:
  • Honesty and accountability
  • A connection with some sort of support group
  • Following a plan without switching and changing randomly
  • Believing in that plan
  • An understanding that this journey is (approximately :p) 80% mental, 15% food and 5% sweat

Of course the National Weight Loss Registry has theories too:
“We have also started to learn about how the weight loss was accomplished:
    • 45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.
    • 98% of Registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight.
    • 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.
There is variety in how NWCR members keep the weight off. Most report continuing to maintain a low calorie, low fat diet and doing high levels of activity.
    • 78% eat breakfast every day.
    • 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
    • 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
    • 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.”

2 comments:

cmoursler said...

I do all these. My thinking is that the mental and the food...top two.
exercise is helpful in giving me wiggle room with the calories. I watch no television. and I exercise a minimum of 1 hour to an hour and a half a day six days a week. I do eat breakfast every single day.

anne h said...

I do none of these things.
Except for I do try.
Wow! A pattern?
Good info.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Secrets of Success?

Based on lots of watching other people reach goal while I remain obese, I have noticed some common factors in many of these successes:
  • Honesty and accountability
  • A connection with some sort of support group
  • Following a plan without switching and changing randomly
  • Believing in that plan
  • An understanding that this journey is (approximately :p) 80% mental, 15% food and 5% sweat

Of course the National Weight Loss Registry has theories too:
“We have also started to learn about how the weight loss was accomplished:
    • 45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.
    • 98% of Registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight.
    • 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.
There is variety in how NWCR members keep the weight off. Most report continuing to maintain a low calorie, low fat diet and doing high levels of activity.
    • 78% eat breakfast every day.
    • 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
    • 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
    • 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.”

2 comments:

cmoursler said...

I do all these. My thinking is that the mental and the food...top two.
exercise is helpful in giving me wiggle room with the calories. I watch no television. and I exercise a minimum of 1 hour to an hour and a half a day six days a week. I do eat breakfast every single day.

anne h said...

I do none of these things.
Except for I do try.
Wow! A pattern?
Good info.