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Losing to Win: Conquer the Weight Loss War

From the Show: HER
Summary: Discover the habits of people who manage to achieve what we all want: sustained weight loss.
Air Date: 1/23/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: James O. Hill, PhD
Jim HillJames O. Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology.  He served as Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997.  He is Past President of the American Society for Nutrition and The Obesity Society (TOS).  He was also a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity.

Dr. Hill has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity.  Many of these focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management. He is the recipient of the 2007 TOPS award from The Obesity Society. He has received the Centrum Center and McCollum awards from the American Society for Nutrition. 

Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight.  He also is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and how much they move to prevent weight gain.  He is the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004. Dr. Hill serves on the boards of Livewell Colorado, the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission, and the Colfax Marathon.
Losing to Win: Conquer the Weight Loss War
When you want to lose weight it's hard to find where to start.

James O. Hill, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado. Hill's research focuses on the habits of people who manage to achieve what we all want: sustained weight loss.

So, how DO people successfully lose weight and keep it off?

It involves specific steps and habits.

Once you are motivated and have made a long-term commitment to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can find out what your body mass index is (BMI) and see where it compares to a healthy weight. After you start a consistent exercise routine (at least three times a week) you should also keep a record of what you eat.

The food journaling is key. Do you really pay attention to what you put in your mouth? More often times than thought, you do it without any thought process.

Once you do start paying attention, you may learn the things about your habits that you hindering you from attaining the weight that you want.

Many diet books help people get on track by creating a regimented plan for initial weight loss, but the issue with diet books is that almost none of them are practical for weight loss maintenance. 

So, what are the common key factors of people that keep the weight off and have maintenance?

Many tend to be physically active. They eat a low-fat diet, watch their caloric intake overall and eat the most important meal of the day, breakfast.

They also self-monitor by weighing themselves and keeping regular food diaries.

Nobody has said that losing weight is easy, but the hard work will pay off and you should start to actually prefer your new lifestyle adaptation.

Dr. Hill shares his research on how to finally win the war on weight loss and keep the weight off.
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