Methods to weight loss take commitment

Poughkeepsie Journal - For years Alfred Orcutt’s weight went up and down.

Then Orcutt and his wife, Susan, were told by their physician that their blood sugar levels were at diabetic stages. Concerned, the Poughkeepsie couple enrolled in the prediabetes program at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck in March 2015, where they learned about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in preventing diabetes.

Nikhil Dhurandhar, who has a doctorate in biochemistry and is the immediate past president of The Obesity Society, said there's a need for biologically meaningful weight loss in the majority of people that is sustained over time. Here, the aim is for weight-loss that results in health benefits, which studies show happen when obese people lose and sustain 5 percent to 10 percent of their weight.

"Obesity is a serious and complex disease," said Dhurandhar, who also is professor and chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University. "It's not a matter of willpower."

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