Every year, millions of people make the same New Year's resolution: to lose weight. Sadly, most of them fail to reach their goals. If you're starting the year with a plan to shed some extra pounds there are two questions that you need to ask yourself right away.

Keep reading to learn about the "foundation of successful weight loss", according to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Why Do People Fail To Lose Weight?

At some time over the past 5 years, 95% of Americans tried to lose weight, and most failed, according to a 2023 survey commissioned by Nutrisystem and conducted by OnePoll.

The top reasons why we fail: maintaining willpower (28%), lack of motivation (27%), eating healthy foods (27%) and overcoming hunger (27%).


Did you know "weight loss" is the most searched New Year's Resolution on Google in the United States?

Weight loss was the top searched goal in 13 states, eating healthier was number 1 in six states, and exercising took the top spot in four states.

Mayo Clinic Says Answer These 2 Questions Before Starting Weight Loss Journey

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Before embarking on a weight loss journey, Mayo encourages you to answer two questions honestly: 1) Are you ready for the journey? and 2) What is your motivation?

Weight loss requires effort, dedication, time, and a sustained commitment - If you aren't ready to commit or can't identify true motivation you probably won't be successful.

"Hundreds of fad diets, weight-loss programs, and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss. However, the foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with increased physical activity. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits."

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