Most of us know that even with the support of a personal counselor, it’s hard to lose weight, and even harder to keep it off (“A heavy duty,” March 13).

The trick is to stop focusing exclusively on food.

Currently, more than half of U.S. consumers are trying to lose weight. But many studies show that most fad diets, strict regimes and unrealistic diet goals result in weight gain.

Even the National Weight Control Registry – the group that tracks thousands of Americans who have lost weight and kept it off for more than a year – found no single formula for success among its members’ eating habits.

Living healthily doesn’t mean strictly adhering to the “dos and don’ts” of a few select diets.

It’s about all of our small, daily choices: turning off the TV, climbing the stairs and taking that extra step.