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Could Habits Hold the Key to Maintaining Weight Loss? #habitchange by Dr. Gina Cleo, PhD APD T ype “diet for weight loss” into Google and nearly 51 million results appear. Yet no matter the diet, the evidence shows majority will not aid long-term weight loss. In fact, in the first year most people will regain 50% of weight lost, and much of the rest in the following three years. We inherently know keeping a healthy weight boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active. But despite best intentions, doing this can be tough. We make hundreds of food decisions a day, most of which appear to be automatic or habitual. We generally unconsciously eat without reflection, deliberation or any sense of awareness of what or how much food we select and consume. And all too often our habitual behaviors, override our intentions. Images courtesy of Dr. Gina Cleo © Dietitian Connection 12 Infuse | September 2019