As most Americans continue to get fatter, some have gotten thinner and are staying that way. Some of them are even contributing to a national database of successful dieters
, creating what may become a real evidence base for weight-loss recommendations and practices. Even considering the database's weaknesses, including probably incomplete and entirely self-reported data, it seems to be a really brilliant way to not only collect information, but also to encourage other dieters.
Some of the preliminary findings are interesting too. Successful dieters - those who keep off the weight they've lost, long term - tend to:
- Exercise 60-90 minutes a day, but not necessarily all at once
- Keep track of their weight
- Eat a low-fat, high carb diet (not Atkins)
- Eat breakfast every day.
I look forward to seeing what happens as this database expands, and more proper research can be done with it.