The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) is the largest database in the world that tracks people who have lost weight and managed to keep it off. They have tracked over 10,000 people and the average person has lost 66 pounds and kept it off for five and a half years.
The NWCR, along with the latest and greatest research studies, reveal many truths about what it takes to lose weight and keep it off.
Here are 7 of them, and you may find some of them quite harsh (but don’t worry, because there’s a silver lining at the end).
Losing weight is painstakingly difficult.
Everyone wants a quick fix these days. But when it comes to weight loss, there’s no such thing. We’re inundated with companies that peddle pills and potions that promise to help us “Torch fat fast!”
Don’t be naive though.
Losing weight takes good old fashioned hard work. Period. There are no shortcuts.
Diets don’t work for most people.
50 million people in the United States will go on a diet this year.
Guess how many of them will fail to keep the weight off?
You read that correctly–a full 80 percent of people fail on diets, according to research from the National Weight Control Registry.
So what’s the solution?
I call it the “real food diet.” Eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come from nature. And stop using the word “diet”. Losing weight requires a lifestyle change, and this means morphing your bad eating habits into good ones permanently.