Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Permanent Weight Loss

Much of what I read about weight loss maintenance is discouraging. I am only encouraged when looking beyond the initial stats ~ something like 4% maintain a loss beyond 2-3 years. That unhappy news was derived from a population that's unusual among the overweight. The initial study was done on a group of folks who were seeking help in a hospital-based weight loss program. That's actually a rarity, most people finding other methods to lose weight and hospital programs generally accessed by only the most hopeless.

The good news is contained in the book Thin for Life by Anne M. Fletcher. Anne is a great writer who determined to find out the secrets of what she calls "weight loss masters" ~ folks who have lost weight and maintained it for a number of years. It's a great book, a handbook, actually, for getting over being fat.

Another great resources for encouragement is The National Weight Control Registry. It's a service of some folks at Brown Medical School who've compiled data on 5,000 long-term maintainers. It's pretty kickass stuff in this world where the party line is "you won't keep it off."

When I read about folks who have lost weight and kept it off, it gives me hope. It also allows me to develop my own master plan for success. If successful people tell me what they did, I can do it too. Accountability is one critical tool for this journey; support is another. Anne's book and the Weight Control Registry website are great support for me as I'm changing my life.

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Blogger Allan said...

Keeping it off is not hard at all. Keep in mind that a well tuned engine will run better than a sluggish one in disrepair. Once the goal weight is achieved, staying their is easy. Basal Caloric rates go up, thin people burn more food and fuel. Getting there is a struggle. As for low-carb, keep in mind that calories are what counts. 10 carbs, with 3000 calories will make you fat, diseased and bloated if you eat that three times a day. Count calories, keep in mind that you burn 1500 a day from doing nothing. Now add in the 2000 you eat, and figure out that you are 500 over a day. Every week you will gain a pound. Either burn more fuel or take in less. It is math and it works

August 15, 2006 11:12 AM  
Blogger Losing Elaine said...

Hi Belle! I made it over! :-)
I too love to read successful weight loss stories! It makes me realize that there is hope and that I'm not the only person on Earth who ever needed to lose 100 pounds! I had heard of the Weight Loss Registry before, thanks for the link! I will have to find the time to go through it...I find that if I am keeping myself informed then I'm more likely to keep in the "zone" LOL. Which reminds me...I have a Women's Health to read :-).

August 15, 2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

I'm also from Alabama... don't know where you are from, but I identify with your Southern writing style and love of food. Thanks again for a great and inspiring blog!

August 15, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hmmm, is this your blog now or are you keeping both active? Not sure which one to list.

August 15, 2006 4:38 PM  

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