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Long-term weight control must focus on your overall health, not just on what you eat. Changing your lifestyle is not easy, but adopting healthy habits may help you manage your weight in the long run. Effective weight-loss programs include ways to keep the weight off for good. These programs promote healthy behaviors that help you lose weight and that you can stick with every day. Safe and effective weight-loss programs should include • a plan to keep the weight off over the long run • guidance on how to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits • ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support • slow and steady weight-loss goals Some weight-loss programs may use very low-calorie diets to promote rapid weight loss among people who have a lot of excess weight. This type of diet requires close medical supervision through frequent office visits and medical tests. Sharing recipes and offering simple fitness ideas stimulate conversation, but also get your family thinking about ways they can step up their health too without making it seem like a chore. In the end, the decision for someone to change their lifestyle towards a healthier one needs to come from within, not from a family member. Family members are there to support, but until the individual recognizes the need to change, it will not be longstanding.