How Do I Maintain My Weight Loss?

As reported in the Harvard Special Health Report Health Solutions to Lose Weight and Keep It Off, much of the original research on how to maintain weight loss comes from a long-term project known as the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR). – The project has been tracking some 10,000 people who have lost weight and successfully kept it off for many years. While evidence can’t prove that the approaches these people use are the key to upholding weight loss success, their habits jibe with many recognized strategies to maintain weight.

NWCR participants were able to maintain weight loss of at least 30 pounds for at least one year. Some of their strategies included:

  • getting lots of exercise
  • eating breakfast
  • watching little television
  • keeping a food diary
  • weighing themselves

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