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
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
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
Last update: Thursday, December 04, 2008