In the past 30 years, I've helped more than a million people lose weight and maintain their weight loss.
It's easier said than done. Losing weight can be sexy, exciting, and even fun — but maintaining that weight loss can be tricky, and the stats are grim.
One meta-analysis of popular weight-loss programs found that people were likely to regain 50 percent or more of lost weight within two years. Another study was even more discouraging, finding an 80 percent relapse rate.
But there is good news: people who maintain their weight observe a few rules to keep things fresh and stimulating. Over my nearly three decades helping clients achieve their optimal weight, I’ve found that those who succeed often employ these four strategies: