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Ask yourself the real reason you want to lose weight

We know how to lose weight: reduce calories and increase movement. Yet we don't do it. Or if we do, we gain it back.
What's missing is your answer to why you want to lose, says Dr. Holly Wyatt, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The Center, opened in 2012, employs researchers and clinicians to develop wellness programs. Wyatt has worked with overweight populations since 1997, studying weight regulation, metabolism, and the struggle to lose and maintain.
A sound diet and exercise plan are necessary, but not enough, Wyatt says. "Why are you going to do it? That's the mental side. Your body will follow your mind.