Return to IndexStep 1: The Benefits of a Healthy WeightStep 2: What is Your Ideal Weight?Step 3: Medical ConsiderationsStep 4: How to Lose Weight the Healthy WayStep 5: Modify Your DietStep 6: Break Your Unhealthy Food HabitsStep 7: Get MovingStep 8: It is the Little ThingsStep 9: You CAN SO Do ItStep 10: Choosing a Weight Loss ProgramStep 11: Medication and SurgeryKey PointsMedTestGlossary
You've heard it all before -- to lose weight you must burn more calories than you consume. But anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows it's not that easy! In fact, about two-thirds of people who lose weight will regain it within a year.
For many people, efforts to lose weight mean intensive dieting, obsessive calorie counting, self-deprivation, and hunger. This type of dieting usually leads to failure because you suffer through dieting, and the effort is unsustainable. For the most part, people who lose weight and manage to keep it off do so by adopting healthy habits that stay with them for the rest of their lives. Weight loss is not an isolated, one-time activity, but part of a lifetime of better health.
Take it slow and steady
Start with realistic, achievable goals. Don't expect to become "thin" overnight. Experts agree that slow, steady weight loss is healthier than a quick fix or remaining overweight. You should try to lose no more than a couple of pounds per week.
While this can be frustrating, slow and steady weight loss is the only way to avoid "yo-yo dieting," where you lose a great deal of weight, only to regain it within a few months or years. There are no miracles in weight loss; go for steady progress toward a healthier life.
You want to maintain that healthy weight once you have reached your goal. If you change habits and lifestyle behaviors slowly, they'll be more likely to stick.
Now let's get into the details of how to balance calories, nutrition, and exercise. . . click "next" below.
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