Weight loss interventions that work: Lifestyle changes

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Successful treatment of overweight and obesity in most adults is as easy and difficult as maintaining recommended diet and physical activity.

Do you have pounds to lose but don’t have a weight loss plan? If you are seriously considering how to go about shedding pounds, there are three proven levels of intervention, depending on your individual needs.

Our first intervention begins and ends with yourself.
“If you really want to keep weight off, it requires permanent lifestyle changes. … There are no quick fixes,” said Mascha Davis, a registered dietitian and national spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Otherwise, the weight loss is temporary, and you can gain it back when you go back to old habits.”
To get started on your weight loss journey, Davis recommends looking at three areas of your lifestyle that might require change: food, exercise and sleep. “I call it a trifecta approach, because these three things are essential to keeping weight loss sustainable,” she said.