Friday, July 17, 2009

Weight Loss Basics

Your weight is a balancing act and calories are part of that equation. Fad
diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit
will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's
calories that count. Weight loss comes down to reducing extra calories from
food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.

Once you understand that equation, you're ready to set your weight-loss
goals and make a plan for reaching them. Remember, you don't have to do it
alone. Talk to your doctor, family and friends for support. Also, plan
smart: Anticipate how you'll handle situations that challenge your resolve
and the inevitable minor setbacks.

If you have serious health problems because of your weight, your doctor may
suggest weight-loss surgery or medications for you. In this case, you and
your doctor will need to thoroughly discuss the potential benefits and the
possible risks.

But don't forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a
commitment to making permanent changes in your diet and exercise habits.

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