Real-world weight loss advice that works

Looking to lose weight in 2016? Load up your plate with fruits and vegetables, which not only help you shed pounds but also boost your winter energy levels. Photo by Gary Fandel
Once we’ve devoured the last of the holiday cookies in our house, my husband and I will likely eat a lot more salads in the next few weeks in an attempt to avoid winter weight gain.

It’s only natural to want a healthy start to the New Year. And one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight.

I’m a huge believer in promoting positive body image and being happy at the weight you are. But a few weeks ago, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) made me realize that I shouldn't tiptoe around the topic of weight loss.

The CDC reported that obesity rates in the United States continue to increase. About 38 percent of American adults were obese in 2013-2014, compared to 35 percent in 2011-2012. In Iowa, nearly 30 percent of adults are considered obese.

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