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What are the characteristics of successful weight losers?

Successful weight losers would be defined as people that lose weight and keep it off for at least 3 years. Successful weight losers/maintainers never stop paying attention to their weight or body fat changes because in today’s modern world weight loss or maintenance DOESN’T happen by accident but weight gain DOES – therefore paying attention regularly is mandatory.
 Below is a list of a few attributes of successful weight maintainers:
  • Highly motivated to lose weight generally triggered by a life-changing event whether it be emotional, such as divorce, or medical, such as diagnosed with a weight-related disease
  • Consistently record food intake until identifying proper portion sizes and the calorie content of foods becomes almost automatic
  • Eat at least 4 small meals daily and often using meal replacement bars or shakes for 1 or 2 meals
  • Exercise at least 3 days/wk with walking different speeds being the most common form
  • Weigh or measure regularly (generally once weekly)
  • Incorporate motivational devices like pedometers or other body sensing devices that capture activities and/or calorie burn
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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.