-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, Jan. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight is one of the
most common New Year's resolutions, but changing long-held
behaviors is a skill in itself, a medical expert says.
To shed unwanted pounds and keep them off, people have to be
ready to face some setbacks and keep on trying, said Dr. Jessica
Bartfield, an internal medicine and medical weight-loss specialist
at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health
"People need a motivation to lose weight and the new year is an opportunity to start fresh," Bartfield said in a Loyola news release. "Behavior change is the cornerstone of healthy, successful weight loss and it takes about three months to establish a new behavior," she pointed out.
"When you learn to ride a bike, you expect that you will fall down a couple times and are prepared to try again and get back on; you need to have the same expectation with weight loss and to plan accordingly," she explained.
Only 20 percent of Americans who've tried to lose weight will
keep the weight off after one year, according to the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Bartfield offered the following
tips to help reverse this trend and help people achieve and
maintain their weight-loss goals:
When it comes to teenagers who need to lose weight, parents
should get involved. "Treating child and adolescent obesity needs
to be a family effort; families need to change behaviors," she
said. "Research shows that families -- and even couples -- who
change behavior together are the most successful."
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides more information
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