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Losing weight

Setting realistic goals and expectations for weight loss is the best way to ensure success and maintain your new physique. Quick fix fad diets and programs are doomed to fail. If you are serious about achieving your goal you will need to make permanent lifestyle choices. Losing weight often requires a change in lifestyle brought about by increased physical activity and healthier eating habits.

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Physicians suggest that half a stone is a safe amount of weight to lose in a week. Though it may be tempting to follow a fad diet or program promising quick results, safe and healthy weight loss should be achieved gradually. Begin by consulting your physician to determine your present health status; together you will be able to set achievable daily, weekly, and long-term goals appropriate for your physiological and genetic make up.

As per your physician's approval, commence by increasing your physical activity and lowering your caloric intake. Introduce moderate exercise into your daily routine, such as walking, taking the stairs, or participating in a sport. By choosing an activity you enjoy doing, you will be more likely to continue incorporating it into your new lifestyle. Ensure that you are eating five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Make healthier choices by choosing low fat dairy, and whole grains. Consider you how you respond psychologically to food. Do you eat as a response to stress? Once you are aware of your patterns, you can begin to make gradual changes to your habits. Replace food rewards with healthier choices. Your successes should be measured not just by how many inches you've parted with, but by how much better you feel, and how much more energy you have.

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