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Why don't I lose weight on my diet? Why can't I keep the weight off?

A sad reality is that almost all diets are unsuccessful. Approximately 50 percent of people who lose a significant amount gain back the weight within the first two years. Only five to ten percent of dieters keep off the weight permanently. Only 5-10 percent!

People often gain the weight back because they make extreme lifestyle changes that cannot be continued throughout their lifetime. In addition, many people select unhealthy and unrealistic body weights. We know that many people will never look like the magazine supermodels, regardless of what they eat or how much they workout simply because of their individual genetic makeup. Be realistic with yourself when you are managing your weight.

To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, a person must make certain behavior changes. First, you must select a balanced, nutrient-dense diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You must eat modest portions. And finally, you must increase your activity level. You must remember that as you make changes to your routine, do so gradually. Choose foods you will have access to and like to prepare. Also choose activities you enjoy and find someone to do them with. The most successful people have someone to share their successes with.


Stephen D. Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension


Jo Britt-Rankin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, State Specialist, Associate Professor, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension


Candance Gabel, M.S. R.D., Assistant Program Director, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension






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