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A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION DESTINED TO FAIL; 9 OUT OF 10 WHO SWEAR THEY'LL LOSE WEIGHT WON'T KEEP IT OFF

 A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION DESTINED TO FAIL;


9 OUT OF 10 WHO SWEAR THEY'LL LOSE WEIGHT WON'T KEEP IT OFF
 SEATTLE, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Because more than 50 percent of Americans are overweight, and will gain 7-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to slim down.
 But one Portland doctor knows that nine out 10 people who swear they'll lose the extra 10 pounds by June will be disappointed before springtime.
 In fact, studies show that more than 90 percent of all diets fail, and some experts think that number is conservative.
 "We think that up to 95 percent of all diets fail, because people do not understand weight loss," said Dr. John Nelson, a physician who specializes in weight management.
 Factors contributing to this failure rate include aging, previous dieting and psychological factors that lead to obesity, according to Nelson.
 "The process becomes more difficult as we get older," he said. "And it gets even worse if we have dieted before. With each successive 'diet' the weight is regained twice as quickly and the next time it comes off twice as slowly."
 People who diet on their own, and those who go to retail weight loss centers, are often hurting themselves, Nelson believes.
 "When diets fail, it becomes increasingly difficult for people to lose weight in the future," Nelson said. "Their body metabolism fights twice as hard against losing again."
 The high failure rates of retail diet centers whose clients regain the weight within the first year, contrasts starkly with medically supervised programs with success rates of over 50 percent whose clients sustain their weight loss longer than two years.
 Still determined to lose weight? Here are Nelson's tips for those who are still resolute:
 1. Get a complete medical evaluation from a physician.
 2. Seek continuing care from a structured health management system.
 3. Stay under the care of a doctor to ease the body stress caused by weight loss.
 4. Don't try to lose rapidly; fast weight loss is not safe, and doesn't last.
 5. A regular exercise program is essential to maintain a healthy weight.
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