Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories Without The Hype

It can be quite difficult to muddle through all the hype and marketing messages when trying to get good quality information about weight loss.  After all its a $42 billion plus industry where a plethora of product manufacturers and service providers resort to every possible tactic to hawk their wares with almost everyone of them claiming fantastic results in a short period of time.  While some programs are legitimate, many are not...but they all claim to be the best!

If you are struggling to lose weight, you will want to run from the commercial sector as fast as possible (exercise is healthy you know) and search out sources of good quality weight loss information that is based on real life success, not on product marketing messages.

A great place to gather this kind of data is the National Weight Control Registry.  Established in 1994 by Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, it's the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance. Given the prevailing belief that few individuals succeed at long-term weight loss, the NWCR was developed to identify and investigate the characteristics of individuals who have succeeded at long-term weight loss.

Currently, the NWCR is tracking over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. Detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys are used to examine the behavioral and psychological characteristics of weight maintainers, as well as the strategies they use to maintaining their weight losses.

You can see some of the data collected by the NWCR here on my website, in fact it pretty much describes my methods for successfully losing and keeping off the weight.  Before you embark on any program, read some of the success stories and study the data to see what the real facts are instead of being swayed by sales hype.

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