How to Lose Weight and
How to Lose Weight
Practical Guidelines to Lose Weight
Dieting and losing weight is not easy. If it was, rates of overweight and obesity would be much lower. But many dieters do manage to lose weight and change their body shape by following a sensible weight loss diet plan that offers slow, steady weight loss, and by taking regular physical exercise.
To help you lose weight, here are some practical guidelines for both diet and exercise, plus a few questions to ask yourself concerning weight loss attitudes and benefits.
Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?
Have you had a good think about why you want to lose weight? It may help to look at it in terms of what your weight or body shape is stopping you from doing now. Make sure you think of benefits other than changes to appearance, such as health benefits or having the energy to do more with the family. The statistic that obesity can take 9 years off a person's life expectancy may also be very motivating.
Are You Ready to Lose Weight?
Answer true or false:
For every 'false', have a rethink. It is a sign that you may not be ready to lose weight in a way that will lead to long term weight control.
What is the Best Way to Lose Weight?
There is no "best" way to lose weight. Don't forget to talk with your doctor about setting up a weight loss plan.
How to Lose Weight Safely - Diet Guidelines
Eat Fewer Calories
Practice Portion Control
Lose Weight Slowly
Eat Less Fat and Sugar
Eat a Wide Variety of Foods
Get Support to Lose Weight
Treat Yourself Occasionally
How to Lose Weight - Take Regular Exercise
Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform - sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks - all are beneficial. Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain measurable health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day.
Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with healthy eating habits, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain it, you should understand the important role of physical activity and include it in your lifestyle.
How to Lose Weight - Liposuction
Liposuction is a serious surgical procedure which removes fat from the body. It is not a fast way to lose weight since no more than about 4-5 pounds of body fat can safely be removed at one time. Neither is liposuction a cure for cellulite. Health risks and side-effects of liposuction include: bruising and swelling of affected areas; infection, blood poisoning, skin numbness/ puffiness and anemia, as well as a lumpy appearance if fat is not removed evenly. Liposuction is not an easy option to lose weight: consult your doctor before acting.
How to Lose Weight - Gastrointestinal Weight Loss Surgery
Like weight loss drugs, gastrointestinal or bariatric surgery is designed to relief severe obesity. It is not a casual option to lose weight.
How to Lose Weight - Beware Unproven Weight Loss Products
Feeling bad about our body shape sometimes makes us want to lose weight so badly that we resort to 'miracle' diet products. So beware! Such phony weight loss methods do nothing for our waistline or our body shape. For more information, see Weight Loss Products
Help Others to Lose Weight
Finally, if you have any opinions on a particular diet plan or weight loss program, or if you have a story about how you managed to lose weight, let us know! Your views may help others to lose weight, too. See Weight Loss Stories
Sources include: The National Women's Health Information Center, DHHS (US). How to Lose Weight. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (USDA).
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