Being overweight often leads to an array of health problems that impact both an individual’s quality of life, as well as their life expectancy. In fact, it is estimated that at any given time, two-thirds of American adults are on a diet to either lose weight or prevent weight gain. However, statistically, only five percent of these dieters will be successful in keeping the weight off.
The reasons for failure are varied. Sustainable weight loss is extremely difficult to achieve and it can be especially challenging if one is going at it alone or test driving one of the latest fads or weight loss options. What typically happens with hit and miss attempts is that they fail to address the individual’s physical, nutritional and psychological aspects and subsequently fall short.
If you have tried to achieve significant weight loss and been unsuccessful, do not give up, your health is too important. Remember that weight loss is more than a diet; it is a process, a life changing process that encompasses more than simply cutting calories or a one-time silver bullet plan.
Successful weight loss requires a prescription of exercise, dietary adjustments, behavioral treatments that motivate therapeutic lifestyle changes, professional education and, in some cases, surgery. With a medically supervised, multidisciplinary approach that adheres to established evidence based guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health, significant and sustainable weight loss can be part of your 2016 accomplishments. Find a team that has all the professional and educational tools and is invested, first and foremost, in your success.