What Is The Best Way To Lose Weight For You?

You can lose weight! This section has ideas for many ways to try and begin by thinking about :

- How much you weigh now?
- How much weight you need to lose to be healthy?
- What is the best ways for you to weight loss?

Let's start now! Remember you can always talk to your doctor about what is best for you.

1. Change Your Diet

Most people can go on a diet by eating about 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day than they do now.

Diet refers to all the foods and drinks you have each day. If you reduce your daily caloric intake to the bare minimum required to maintain basic health which is about 800 calories per day, you will lose a lot of weight. However, cutting calories doesn't have to mean dieting, the single most effective way is the elimination of junk food. Losing weight this way does not make pounds "melt away" fast. Instead, you lose weight over time. For most people, the goal is to lose about 1-2 lbs a week. You are more likely to keep weight off if you lose it slowly. Do not try to lose too much too fast, such as 10 pounds in a week. If you lose weight this fast, you are more likely to put it back on and maybe even gain a few extra pounds!

What Is The Best Way To Lose Weight For You?


2. Exercise More!

Just make sure you move enough to get your heart rate going fast for at least 30 minutes most every day.

Most of us are not very active. Many people are overweight or obese because they are not active enough. You can do something about this! Try to exercise or be active for at least 30 minutes most every day. This can help you lose weight by burning extra calories. You do not need to join a gym or spend a lot of money on work-out gear. Instead, you can be active around your house or neighborhood. Just make sure you move enough to get your heart rate going fast. This could be dancing, walking fast, jogging, riding a bike, swimming, or other ways of being active. Start slowly. Then as you feel ready, exercise for longer amounts of time or move faster.

3. Change Your Diet And Exercise More!

Studies show that people are more likely to lose weight when they change what they eat AND increase how much they exercise.

This often means changing some habits. Here are some ways you can get started.

  • Think Of Things That Make You Go Off Your Diet.
    For instance, some people are tempted when there are a lot of snacks around the house. Once you know what makes you go off your diet, plan ways to avoid them. One way may be by keeping snacks where you are less likely to see them.
  • Prepare Healthy Meals At Home Rather Than Restaurants.
  • Treat Yourself.
    Treat yourself when you are extra active or say no to high-calorie foods (such as rich desserts). Your treat might be going to a movie, buying a CD, or calling a good friend.
  • Set Goals That You Can Reach.
    For instance, your goal may be to lose 1 pound a week rather than 25 pounds in a month.
  • Find Ways To Keep Active.
    This may be using the stairs rather than taking the elevator, or doing stretches or other exercises while you watch TV.
  • Ask Help.
    Ask your friends, family, and co-workers for help as you lose weight. Let them know how they can help such as by putting away tempting snacks or going on walks with you.
  • Think About Joining A Weight Loss Support Group In Your Town.

4. Weight Loss Drugs

Adults who find diet and exercise is not enough to lose weight may take weight-loss drugs. Doctors prescribe these drugs for :

BMI greater than 30 with no health problems (such as diabetes, heart disease) or
BMI greater than 27 with two or more health problems

Weight-loss drugs can help people lose weight and keep it off, but it is not for everyone. You will need a prescription from the doctor for most drugs. Always talk to a doctor before taking any new drug, dietary supplement or over-the-counter medicine (OTC) to make sure it is right for you. Some dietary supplements or OTC drugs may not work right with other medicines you take. They might even be harmful if you take them together.

5. Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery is a choice for obese people with a :

BMI greater than 40, or
BMI of 35 to 39.9 with serious health problems (such as diabetes, heart condition).

Surgery to help obese and overweight people is another safe way to lose weight. Your doctor can tell you more about how surgery can help and any possible problems. Surgery alone is not enough, after surgery, people need to watch their diet and stay active. Most people work with a team of doctors and diet experts (such as dieticians) to help stay on track after surgery.

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