I have begun working on my ACE Health Coach Certification. As a Health Coach I look forward to coaching people to make lifestyle changes in physical activity and eating habits to live a more healthful life. As I continue studying for this certification I will post updates on interesting facts and ideas. I found the information below to be interesting and helpful for those that are having trouble sticking to a weight management program.
Research work done by Rena Wing, James O. Hill, and colleagues at the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR). The NWCR follows individuals who have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained the weight loss for one year or more.
The following lifestyle modification strategies were the most commonly used among people who have been successful in their weight-management efforts according to data from NWCR. (Wing & Phelan, 2005*).
- Engaging in high levels of physical activity, at least one hour each day
- Eating a low-calorie, low-fat diet
- Eating breakfast daily
- Self-monitoring body weight regularly
- Maintaining a consistent eating pattern every day, on both weekdays and weekends.
*Wing, R.R. & Phelan, S. (2005). Long term weight loss maintenance. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82, 1, 2225-2255.
**Information for this post is from the ACE Health Coach Manual.