Obesity is major health issue worldwide. But some people succeed in transforming to lower body mass. It is estimated that over 1.9 billion adults are overweight, of which 650 million are obese (WHO, 2020). Long-term weight loss is challenging and requires significant lifestyle changes. Among those who've done it, there are some common traits:
Long-term weight loss is exceedingly rare and incredibly challenging but entirely achievable. Regular habitual activity around an hour per day is common among those who do achieve it. They have good social support, practice ongoing moderate food reduction. And they monitor the food and activity in order to execute these vital behaviors.
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