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Weight Loss Maintainers’ Secrets for Keeping Lost Weight Off Forever

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You’ve learned how to diet and exercise from experts who know what they are talking about when it comes to losing weight. But what do you do once the weight is off and you want to keep it that way? According to the Victoria Advocate, weight loss maintainers follow these secrets for keeping lost weight off forever.


According to the Victoria Advocate, only about one in every 20 people who lose weight will actually keep the weight off. This is a basic fact of weight loss that is all too familiar with the remaining 95 percent of us who find those pounds creeping back—especially during the holiday season.

So, is there any way to become one of the seemingly lucky 5 percent? There is. And according to research from the National Weight Control Registry, it’s not a matter of luck, but of following what successful weight loss losers and weight loss maintainers have in common.

The following are shared habits gleaned from the National Weight Control Registry on how weight loss is achieved…and maintained:

Shared Weight Loss Habits

• Seventy-eight percent eat breakfast each day
• Seventy-five percent weigh themselves at least once a week
• Sixty-two percent watch less than 10 hours of TV per week
• Ninety percent exercise on average about one hour per day.

Shared Weight Loss Maintenance Habits

• People who keep weight off report continuing to maintain a low-calorie, low-fat diet with high levels of physical activity
• Weight-loss maintainers get at least 200 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise, such as walking or swimming.
• Weight-loss maintainers also limit television viewing to about 10 hours a week.

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According to the Victoria Advocate, there is one other habit that is particularly important to follow per the advice of nutrition specialist emeritus and registered dietitian, Sharon Robinson, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service:

"Another trait of weight-loss maintainers is consistency; they do not splurge because it's the weekend, a holiday or because they are eating out," says Ms. Robinson.

In other words, the real secret to losing weight and keeping it off is to treat your weight loss efforts as a commitment. It takes work, it takes sacrifice, it takes consistency. And by incorporating the aforementioned habits listed above, you too will find yourself among that five percent who've lost weight and kept it off--forever.

For advice on how to survive holiday season weight gain, here are some easy diet tips for the holidays and how to supplement your weight loss efforts by trying the New Nordic Diet for healthy weight loss.

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Victoria Advocate “What do successful weight-loss maintainers have to teach us?”

The National Weight Control Registry