The National Weight Loss Registry has been conducting a long running study comprised of more than 10,000 voluntarily enrolled people who have lost at least 30lbs and kept it off for at least a year. They ask members to fill out an annual survey about their weight, diet, exercise habits and their strategies for keeping their weight off (i.e. maintenance).
From the surveys the Registry has compiled fascinating statistics about how people lost their weight and what they do to avoid gaining it back. That last part is key because around 80% of people who lose weight will put most of it back on, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
A major finding of the study is that “nearly all registry members indicated that weight loss led to improvements in their level of energy, physical mobility, general mood, self-confidence, and physical health.” Which reinforces what Weighthackers already know: losing weight isn’t just good for your waist, it’s good for everything.
Here are some of the numbers from the National Weight Loss Registry around losing weight:
- 45% of members lost weight on their own
- 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program
- 98% modified their food intake in some way
- 94% increased their physical activity, most frequently by walking
To keep the weight off, most report keeping their diets low in calories and fat, and getting more physical activity, as well as:
- 78% eat breakfast every day
- 75% weigh themselves at least once a week
- 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV a week
- 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour a day