Recently I came across an article on www.lifeclinic.com that made reference to an article written in the FDA Consumer Magazine, January-February 2002. It was in regards to weight loss maintenance. It had some interesting information, which I would like to share:
With more than 2/3 of the U.S. adult population overweight or obese, many people are trying to lose weight, which takes time, patience and consistency. Unfortunately, although people will have some success, many people will gain back the weight they lost.
The National Weight Control Registry has been examining the data of more than 3,000 people who have lost weight and have kept it off. They have identified four specific weight-control behaviors that these people have followed:
1. They eat a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.
2. They monitor themselves by weighing in regularly.
3. They are VERY physically active.
4. They eat breakfast.
These seem like very simple things, yet most of us don't do them or don't do them very well. Imagine if you included one or two of these behaviors in your daily routine, the success you could have in losing weight and getting healthy.
In the ever evolving field of health and fitness there is even more encouraging news. Recent studies have shown that a low-fat, high complex carbohydrate diet can help you lose weight quicker, improve cholesterol levels and improve your mood. In other words, stay away from simple sugars and eat more whole grains.
Here's to your health!