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Join the National Weight Control Registry

Successful dieters have been tracked by the National Control Loss Registry, which was founded in 1993.1  This registry is simply a database of people successful at maintaining a weight loss of at least 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) for at least one year. The average registrant has lost about 60 pounds and kept it off for more than five years. To date, there are over 2,000 people, from all over the United States, enrolled in the National Control Loss Registry.


On average, registrants report consuming about 1400 kcal/day (24 percent calories from fat) and expending about 400 kcal/day in physical exercise. Approximately 80% of the registrants eat less than 30% fat, and 35% eat less than 20% fat.  The McDougall Program diet is about 7% fat when followed strictly.  Although they may have lost their initial weight by a variety of methods, including liquid protein diets, on their own, or through an organized program, all are currently maintaining their weight losses by eating low-energy, low-fat diets and engaging in regular physical activity.2  (Because fat is so concentrated in calories, a low fat diet easily becomes a low energy diet.)  Walking is the most common physical activity. About 50 percent of participants lost weight on their own without any type of formal program or help.  

When you achieve weight loss results with the McDougall Program and if you meet the criteria of the Registry, then you can register by going to the following web site: http://www.lifespan.org/services/bmed/wt_loss/nwcr/ or calling 1-800-606-NWCR (6927). 

Be sure to tell them about the McDougall Program.


1. Wing R. Successful weight loss maintenance. Annu Rev Nutr. 2001;21:323-41.

 2.  McGuire M.  Long-term maintenance of weight loss: do people who lose weight through various weight loss methods use different behaviors to maintain their weight? Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1998 Jun;22(6):572-7.

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