Your weight is the result of many factors. These factors include environment, family history and genetics, metabolism, behavior or habits, and more. You can't change some factors, such as family history. You can change other factors, such as your lifestyle habits. It also is a chance to lower your risk for other serious health problems. It's possible to lose weight and lower your long-term disease risk.

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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Centers for Disease Control and prevention. Accessed January 13, 2015

You need to get 150 to 300 minutes of activity a week to prevent weight gain.  Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid saturated fat and limit sweets and alcohol. Eat three regular meals a day with limited snacking. You can still enjoy small amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as an infrequent treat.
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