By Joli Guenther, MSSW, NASM
If you're trying to lose a substantial amount of weight, you might look for ideas in the National Weight Control Registry. This research effort, begun in 1994, was developed to look at the habits of individuals who have managed to maintain a long term weight loss of at least 30 pounds for a year or more.
If you're hoping that your home fitness equipment will boost your weight loss, you're in good company. Of the over 6000 people included in the NWCR, 89 percent have combined diet and exercise and nearly all (98 percent) exercise at home. If you think that you can't tolerate the impact of intense exercise needed to lose weight, consider putting your treadmill to use. Among NWCR members, walking wins as the most popular form of exercise. For a summary of the findings of the NWCR and some tips on what it takes to succeed in your weight loss effort, check out this link.
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