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The Weight-loss Cycle

You’ve tried over and over again. It never seems to get any easier and the results never seem to last. People with obesity generally make 7 serious attempts to lose weight over time. You may need help to end the cycle.

The Weight-loss Cycle

You’ve tried over and over again. It never seems to get any easier and the results never seem to last. People with obesity generally make 7 serious attempts to lose weight over time. You may need help to end the cycle.

Where are you on the weight-loss cycle? Here are the common cycle phases:

Listen to Ava, Patty, and Donna describe what it's like to live with obesity

Listen to Ava, Patty, and Donna describe their experience.

The 3 words that I would use to describe what it’s like to live with obesity would be: relentless, and overwhelming, and I think ashamed. Difficult, shameful, and overwhelming. First, painful, it’s trapping, and it brings desperation.

The cycle can be broken. Working with a health care provider to develop an ongoing weight-management plan can help. It's important that the health care provider understands your weight history. Learn more about weight and its impact on overall health.

Patty is living with obesity

Hear Patty’s advice on what’s actually needed for long-term success in managing weight.

You know, I’ve had obesity since I was a child. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have obesity. It’s not a choice. I had done so many diets over the course of my lifetime, I had failed so often and each time I failed I felt more ashamed and embarrassed that I decided I’m done, I’m giving up. And when it became so difficult for me to move at the weight I was at, I finally got up the courage to try it one more time, and that’s when I started looking for science-based, evidence-based treatment and fortunately I found it. Um, very few people are as fortunate as I am to have found it and that needs to change.

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