For many individuals who have lost weight, keeping the weight from coming back can be even more challenging than losing the weight in the first place.
There is a National Weight Control Registry composed of 5,000 individuals who have lost an average of 66 lbs. and have kept if off for at least 5 years. Here are some things the majority are doing to keep the weight off:
78% eat breakfast daily (Helps boost metabolism and generally curbs heavier intake or snacking later in the day)
75% weigh themselves at least once a week (Allows them to reverse any weight gain before it becomes overwhelming)
62% watch less than 10 hrs. of TV per week (If a person is not watching TV, there is a good chance that the person is moving more)
90% exercise, on average, 1 hr./day (This amount of exercise may not be necessary for all to lose weight but is what the registry participants have averaged.)
Though a variety of methods were used to keep the weight off, if you are having a tough time losing weight or keeping it off, you may want to look at your current routine and consider incorporating changes that those on the registry have been making to keep the weight off.