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Looking to lose weight? Best long-term diet advice for 2022: Mom Squad podcast

Losing weight is hard, especially as we get older. But it turns out, it's not your metabolism's fault. A Cleveland Clinic Dietician explains.

CLEVELAND — U-S News and World Report ranked the best diets of 2022, and for the fifth year in a row, "the Mediterranean diet" was named best overall. It features foods that are low in "bad" cholesterol, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes. People are also encouraged to eat fish and seafood instead of red meat while replacing butter with healthy fats like olive oil.

Many people resolve to eat healthier in the new year and try different diets or even “crash” diets. But by February, the goal is often long forgotten or people get frustrated. 

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In this week's Mom Squad Pod, 3News' Maureen Kyle talks to Cleveland Clinic Dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick on how she coaches her patients to think long term and not get attached to a certain number on the scale.

“I could tell you exactly what I weighed my senior year in high school and I don't weigh that today,” Kirkpatrick says. “So, I think we have to look at the fact that as we evolve and change we also have evolvement of what our body composition is going to look like as well.”

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Kirkpatrick says don’t blame your metabolism and aging.

“We have some studies showing that our metabolism doesn't really change dramatically from about 29 to 60, which was a real kind of downer, right? We all wanted to blame it on our metabolism and this study said: ‘You know, sorry you can't.’”

Other factors can contribute to difficulty losing weight, like lack of sleep or sitting for long periods of time.

Listen to the entire podcast, Mom Squad Pod, to hear Kirkpatrick’s advice on how to achieve long term goals, why people “fall off the wagon” and also her favorite lifestyle diets to adopt.

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