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Did you know that on this day, the first Thursday of February, people start to backtrack on their weight loss goals started for the new year? It seems that on this particular day, many people fall off of the wagon and a “downturn in visits to the gym and the upswing in people going to fast food restaurants intersect.

So what should you really do when you want drop those extra pounds but can’t seem to keep yourself motivated? What do you do when you keep working out but still don’t see results? And what do you do when a focus on trying to drop the pounds ends up messing with your intake of essential nutrients? Well, we talked with an expert to get answers.

Dr. Ro is an award-winning health journalist who holds a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, a master’s degree in community nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition. Her expertise has been utilized by millions through her work as a nutrition coach for The Dr. Oz show, and she recently released a new book and health program, “Lose Your Final 15,” to help people meet their weight-loss goals. Dr. Ro offers advice to help you stay on track to meet your goals while also knowing what you should include in your diet, take out, and stay away from. Check out these 10 tips and stay on the wagon instead of completely falling off.

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What’s the Hardest Thing About Losing Weight, Particularly That “Final 15”?

Emotional and stress eating, as well as cravings. That’s one of the toughest things for anybody trying to lose weight because there are a great number of people who do not make the connection between the food choices they make and what they’re feeling at the time. They don’t make the connection that they’re standing in front of the freezer about to grab a box of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and they’re going to down the whole pint because they’re upset. Their being upset in that moment may have roots in something they experienced in their childhood. It could go way back in terms of how they see themselves now as an adult in the world. It’s a much deeper problem than most people realize.

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