I file this one squarely under Success! The National Weight Control Registry is a research organization that tracks the habits of people who have successfully lost over 30 pounds and managed to keep that weight off for longer than a year. They send out periodic questionnaires that ask successful weight loss patients about their habits, activities, strategies, and other behaviors. One of my goals from the start of my journey was to qualify for this group, and now I have!
I applied for consideration a couple of months ago, and I knew it would take a while. When my phone buzzed, I was elated to see that my big white package was on its way.
Doctors and research hospitals that are looking to conduct statistical research on weight loss use the National Weight Control Registry as a clearinghouse to contact successful weight loss patients. This is important to me because it signifies success in my mind. Additionally, it allows me the opportunity to give back to the weight loss community in a way that has the potential to help millions of people.
You can read over 30 scientific studies that were conducted using data collected through the registry on their website. If you have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for a year or more, I encourage you to sign up for the registry, too. I consider it a community service.
The registration page confirms your eligibility, collects your contact information, and explains the process. Essentially, your first questionnaire is delivered by mail. Future questionnaires are completed online. All are used for medical research. The National Weight Control Registry isn’t a weight loss clinic or diet plan. It’s an elite group of folks who’ve managed to lose weight and keep it off, and I’m proud to be one of the 10,000 people on the list!
Care to join me?