The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) at Brown University and the University of Colorado follows people who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for more than a year. In their 10-year follow-up of 2,886 weight-loss successes, the average weight loss maintained was almost 51 pounds. Those who regained the most weight also had decreased their activity levels, slacked off on dietary restraint, stopped weighing themselves regularly, or started eating more calories from fat. The good news is that the majority of NWCR participants maintain a significant amount of weight loss after a decade when they stick with their behavior changes.
In Perspective: Want to know more about what weight-loss successes are doing to keep the weight off? Check out the website at: http://www.nwcr.ws/
Thomas J, Bond D, Phelan S, et al: Weight-loss maintenance for 10 years in the National Weight Control Registry. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2014;46:17-23.