Lose It: The Habits of Successful Weight Losers from the National Weight Control Registry


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Presented by Dr. Jason Karp

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66% of the U.S. adult population is overweight and 32% is obese. That’s a lot of overweight people. Despite the overflowing bookshelves of weight loss books, the U.S. remains the fattest country in the world and continues to get fatter every year. Most people who go on a diet and lose weight gain the weight back. People desperately need to know and understand how to keep the weight off. What is unique about those who succeed?

The answer is buried deep in the archives at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, Rhode Island: The National Weight Control Registry, the largest study of individuals successful at long-term maintenance of weight loss. The registry includes more than 10,000 individuals who complete annual questionnaires about their current weight, diet and exercise habits, and behavioral strategies for weight loss maintenance. Founded in 1994, it is a gold mine of weight loss advice, containing extensive data on individuals who have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds for at least one year.

Dozens of scientific studies have been published using the data from the National Weight Control Registry, yet have been ignored by weight loss gurus and book publishers. The general public does not read scientific journals and so, is not aware of the information. Shockingly, no one has written a book for the general public to introduce the data and give practical advice based on it. That’s horrible, because the public needs to know!

During the webinar, presenter Dr. Karp will discuss the habits of successful weight losers based on his research and analysis of this important data.

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It started with a race around the track in sixth grade in Marlboro, New Jersey. Little did Jason Karp know how much it would define his career and life. A Brooklyn, New York native (you can take the boy out of Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy), he grew up playing baseball and soccer and running track. It was intoxicating. The passion that Jason found as a kid for the science of athletic performance (one of his earliest questions was how baseball pitchers throw curveballs) placed him on a yellow brick road that he still follows all these years later as a coach, exercise physiologist, author, speaker, and creator of the REVO₂LUTION RUNNING™ certification program for coaches and fitness professionals around the world.

Dr. Karp has given hundreds of international lectures and has been a featured speaker at most of the world’s top fitness conferences and coaching clinics, including Asia Fitness Convention, Indonesia Fitness & Health Expo, FILEX Fitness Convention (Australia), U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention, American College of Sports Medicine Conference, IDEA World Fitness Convention, SCW Fitness MANIA, National Strength & Conditioning Association Conference, ECA World Fitness Convention, and CanFitPro, among others. He has been an instructor for USA Track & Field’s level 3 coaching certification and for coaching camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

At age 24, Dr. Karp became one of the youngest college head coaches in the country, leading the Georgian Court University women’s cross country team to the regional championship and winning honors as NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. As a high school track and field and cross country coach, he has produced state qualifiers and All-Americans. He is also the founder and coach of the elite developmental team, REVO₂LUTION RUNNING ELITE.

A prolific writer, Jason is the author of eight books: The Inner Runner, Run Your Fat Off, 14- Minute Metabolic Workouts, Running a Marathon For Dummies, Running for Women, 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners, 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners, and How to Survive Your PhD, and is editor of the sixth edition of Track & Field Omnibook. He has more than 400 articles published in numerous international coaching, running, and fitness trade and consumer magazines, including Track Coach, Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country, New Studies in Athletics, Runner’s World, Running Times, Women’s Running, Marathon & Beyond, IDEA Fitness Journal, Oxygen, PTontheNet.com, and Shape, among others. He also served as senior editor for Active Network.

Dr. Karp is a USA Track & Field nationally-certified coach, has been sponsored by PowerBar and Brooks, and was a member of the silver-medal winning United States masters team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

For his work and contributions to his industry, Jason was awarded the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year (the fitness industry’s highest award) and was honored with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award in 2014.

Dr. Karp received his PhD in exercise physiology with a physiology minor from Indiana University in 2007, his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1997, and his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science with an English minor from Penn State University in 1995. His research has been published in the scientific journals Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.