Dr. Phil
 
Since I started writing my book The Ultimate Weight Solution and working with overweight people, including the 13 Weight Loss Challengers on my show, I have learned volumes about what it takes to have a real shot at losing weight and maintaining that loss. You don't need me to tell you there's no magic diet pill to make your body (and your life) perfect or that the "30 pounds in 30 days—without any exercise!" ad you read is nothing more than wishful thinking. People know the truth when they hear it, but sometimes it can be hard to hear against the roar of empty promises the multibillion-dollar diet industry throws at them. The fact is that losing weight and keeping it off isn't easy, but it is absolutely doable.

Whether you're 25 or 400 pounds overweight, it's not too late to change the way you live, feel, think, and look. Your goals are within reach—if you go about achieving them the right way. What have I learned after spending a year trying to help America get real about weight? Plenty. Some of it I knew for sure, as Oprah would say, and some of it was brought home by the struggles of real people in the real world with real challenges.

First, read about the obstacles—the straight-up truth about what our eating habits mean. Then, if you're ready to change your lifestyle, see the best practices that work for many people.

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