Losing weight may not be effortless,
but it doesn't have to be complicated. To achieve long-term results, it's best
to avoid quick-fix schemes and complex regimens. Focus instead on making modest
changes to your life's daily routine. A balanced, healthy diet and sensible,
regular exercise are the keys to maintaining your ideal weight. Although
nutrition science is constantly evolving, here are some generally-accepted
guidelines for losing weight:
Consult with your doctor, a
dietician, or other qualified health professional to determine your ideal
healthy body weight.
Eat smaller portions and choose
from a variety of foods.
Load up on foods naturally high in
fiber: Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Limit portions of foods high in
fat: dairy products like cheese, butter, and whole milk; red meat; cakes and
Exercise at least three times a