The National Weight Control Registry
There is an online research based registry that anyone can sign up for. This registry is for those who would like to participate to celebrate their weight loss, if they have been successful with their weight loss, and subsequent weight loss control. You can take a look at it and read about success stories and sign up yourself if you would like to be apart of the research.
This is an American site.
Personally I find it very interesting that weight loss is referred to as ‘being a successful loser’. even the tile of the show, ’The Biggest Loser’ is a oxymoron.
So what have these researchers learned?
80% of participants are women with the average age being 45.
Basically, registry participants actually report following the outline of ‘The Biggest Loser’.
These participants report that they; decrease their calorie intake, exercise for approximately an hour a day, they weight themselves at least once a week. 62% say they reduce their television time for less than ten hours a week, 72% eat breakfast everyday.
Bottom lining it, participants decrease their calorie intake per day by at least five hundred calories to at least one thousand calories per day by restricting their food intake and becoming involved in activities of exercise, which basically equals increasing walking.
Long term effectiveness is reported to depend on how people manage their eating. So where is the best place to start? Based upon this research the best place to start is with your appetite. First, the place to start is to do with the physiological signals that make you hungry and the second place to start is to do with the emotional signals that lure you to food.
Understanding and controlling your hunger as well as understanding satiety signals helps you to understand food intake as well as being able to manage balanced weight controlled eating. Once you understand both of these mechanisms you can understand how to start to gin control. The two mechanisms have powerful control over your behavioural, attitudinal, and biological components which are indicators of your need to over eat. Once you understand and gain control of these two mechanisms then you can make the adjustments necessary to be able to manage these components, in order to live at your healthy weight.
The key is to be able to move from; always thinking about food to thinking about being in control.
This means that you need to reprogram your body. The reprogramming is to do with how you look at food, which in turn allows you to be able to gain control of the other senses of how you smell food, taste food, imagine food. This gaining of emotional control will guide you into a knew way of being. In this way your brain is in control of you and of your need for food, and you will never be famished, never overeat to the point of being uncomfortable and never bounce between those hunger extremes. Instead you will be able to feel the hunger, eat to satisfy the hunger, stop eating, and then move on.
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