I constantly remind all who are going through the journey of weight loss with bariatric surgery to approach the surgery as a tool to assist in a “Lifestyle Change for Life”. The “diet mentality” will not necessarily lead to long term success.
Linsey Davis, a correspondent for ABC News, recently wrote an article about the secrets of “Super Dieters.” The National Weight Control Registry follows 10,000 individuals who have successfully lost at least 70 pounds and have kept the weight off for at least 6 years. She spoke with Dr. Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Miriam Hospital, and a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry.
We’ve been able to study these individuals carefully and find out what strategies have been related to their success,” Wing said. Many of them follow these strategies:
Rule No. 1. Don’t ever cheat. They never give themselves a break, not even on holidays or weekends.
Rule No. 2. Eat breakfast. The National Weight Control Registry shows that’s one of the most common traits of those who succeed in keeping those pounds off once and for all.
Rule No. 3. Get on a scale every day.
Rule No. 4. Put in the equivalent of a four-mile walk seven days a week.
Rule No. 5. Watch less than half as much TV as the overall population.
Rule No. 6. Eat 50 to 300 calories less than most people.
Many Registry members say these behaviors are common traits but not something they necessarily do all the time. What they do all time is be conscious and careful. Wing told ABC News, “In order to lose weight and keep it off, you can’t just follow a trendy diet for a few weeks. That’s not going to work. This has to be a lifestyle change, a permanent lifestyle change and that’s what the registry members are able to do.”
So make those lifestyle changes and stick with them, for life. We are here to guide and support you along the way.
Question of the day: What are your thought on the above rules?