For clinical psychologist and health expert Dr. Michael Friedman, it's essential to think of weight management as something that happens over the course of a lifetime. There's no quick fix, and there will be times when you'll overdo it, skip workouts, and generally fall off your healthy path. The important thing is to come back to center with compassion for yourself, without guilty feelings, and keep moving forward. For many, embarking on a healthy lifestyle translates to huge (and sometimes scary) changes.
— Additional reporting by Leta Shy and Zelana Montminy