Despite the fact that Americans spend $50 billion per year on weight loss, the rate of obesity continues upward at an epidemic pace.
But there are people that have bucked the trend, trading in their obesity a lifetime of fitness.
How do they do it? What can we learn from these successful dieters?
Researchers at the National Weight Loss Registry monitor over 4000 dieters who had kept off the weight for years. Here are their top five keys to success:
#5. Avoid Temptation
Successful dieters have learned not to rely on will power alone. We all tend to overestimate our ability to resist temptations. So they developed routines to avoid situations that would challenge their willpower, such as never shopping without a list and always taking a healthy lunch to work.
#4. Follow a Consistent Eating Pattern
Compared with unsuccessful dieters, those that succeed always ate a healthy breakfast. They also kept the same eating habits not only Monday through Friday, but also on the weekends.
#3. Monitor Weight at Least Once Per Week
Just as important is to have a specific plan of action when the weight goes up.
Physical activity is a priority in 9 out of 10 successful dieters. Walking was by far the most frequent exercise, although
anything aerobic on a regular basis works. Adding muscle-building exercises also helps, increasing the calories one burns 24/7.
So, what was the most common characteristic of successful dieters?
#1. They Changed What They Ate
98% of successful dieters said they switched to healthier, more nutritious foods — eating less sugar and loads of fruits, veggies, and beans.
If you want to be successful, try following these five tips from the weight-loss pros.