That an interesting question. I spend a lot of time researching and reviewing weight loss and fitness-related web sites like TDP, Sparkpeople, etc... I certainly don't have concrete numbers, but forum/discussion participation seems to be 75% more female. I don't know what percentage is on this board, but quickly looking over a few discussions, it's probably the same. I have <not> noticed similar imbalances on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter. You may be right. It may have to do with the personal nature of weight loss. It would be great to hear other perspectives on this subject.View Thread
Thanks for posting the link to this study. The ongoing work at the NWCR is fantastic and enlightening for all of us. Another interesting study was done by the folks at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.
"One of the largest and longest weight maintenance trials ever conducted..." What did they find? "Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories."
What did I learn from both studies?
[a name=NewsFullStory7> Eat breakfast every day
[a name=NewsFullStory8> Weight myself weekly (at least 3x for me)
[a name=NewsFullStory9> Record (track) what I eat
[a name=NewsFullStory10> Exercise at least 1 hour per day
I would also throw in a bullet point for knowing my daily calorie requirement (2250 for me) and a bullet for making healthy eating choices.
Weight loss isn't rocket science as both of these studies have shown. More importantly for me, these studies prove that weight maintenance is about making these habits a part of every day living. That's the real trick.View Thread
Another great post form Dr. Peeke. Vigilance is the key. I can't think of how times I was making progress on a weight loss/fitness program only to be thrown off track by an illness, business travel or some other life event that knocked me out of my routine. The thing that works for me is self-monitoring (or tracking). I track my meals, exercise and weight every day, except vacations. I realize it's not for everybody, but it keeps me completely aware of my eating habits and exercise.
Periodically, I'll drop the meal and exercise tracking and just track my weight. If I happen to bump up a few pounds, I go back to tracking meals and exercise and viola!, my weight tracks back down.
Keep in mind that professional athletes manage their eating and training very closely. This is something we can all benefit from. I'm down 52 lbs since 2008 and tracking has completely changed my life.View Thread