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Healthy Weight Adults Reveal Habits for Success

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For people who are trying to lose weight, it could be helpful to know how individuals who maintain a healthy weight are able to do so. That was the premise of the Global Healthy Weight Registry, previously known as the Slim by Design Registry.


The Global Healthy Weight Registry was developed by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, which enlisted adults who maintain a healthy weight and asked them 92 questions about their health habits regarding diet, exercise, and daily routines. The responses of 147 participants were evaluated, and a report on the findings were presented at the Obesity Week 2015 Conference Proceedings.

Here’s the skinny on the habits of the healthy weight adults (80% of whom were female) who answered the questions. If you are currently trying to lose weight, these habits could help put you on the road to success.

  • 96% said they ate breakfast
  • For breakfast, 51% included fruits and vegetables, 44% had fruit, and 21% included nuts
  • For lunch, 35% always had a salad
  • For dinner, 65% always included vegetables
  • 92% said they were conscious of what they ate. Eating mindfully and consciously can help prevent overeating
  • 74% said they never or rarely dieted
  • 50% said they weighed themselves at least once a week
  • 44% reported that they practiced at least one non-restrictive technique (but not dieting!) such as cooking meals at home instead of eating out, choosing nonprocessed, high-quality foods, listening to inner cues about food and eating
  • 42% participated in exercise five to seven times a week while 27% did so three to four times a week
  • 37% never drank soft drinks
  • 33% never drank alcohol
  • 7% were vegetarians

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According to Brian Wansink, PhD, the study’s coauthor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, “If you struggle with weight, try adding these simple practices to your routine, you may be surprised how easy it is to be healthy!”

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Vuorinen A-L et al. Slim by Design Registry. An effort to increase understanding of lifelong success in weight control. Obesity Week 2015 Conference Proceedings, 71A