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Keeping the pounds off. And unfortunately, research on the probability of maintaining weight loss is not always encouraging.
"The most difficult part of maintaining weight loss is sticking to what got you there," says Kerri Plum (name has been changed), a human resources representative who has made three unsuccessful attempts at reaching and maintaining her goal weight since attending college. "When the weight is gone, it's hard not to think, 'Hey, I deserve dessert tonight or a bag of chips with lunch today.'"
More than 56 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite Americans' sincere efforts—more than 54 million are dieting—the nation's obesity rate continues to rise. Of those who do successfully lose weight, 90 to 95 percent are unable to keep it off long-term. This is a particularly disconcerting statistic considering the numerous physical and mental-health problems that accompany being overweight, including an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and depression.
That said, take heart: A number of people do beat the odds, and experts are attempting to learn their secrets. "People lose weight all the time, but keeping it off seems to be the difficult part,"