obese can have serious health consequences. These include an increased risk of
heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, and some forms
of cancer. Losing weight can help reduce these risks. Here are some general
points to keep in mind:
claims that you can lose weight effortlessly are false. The only proven way to
lose weight is either to reduce the number of calories you eat or to increase
the number of calories you burn off through exercise. Most experts recommend a
combination of both.
low-calorie diets are not without risk and should be pursued only under
medical supervision. Unsupervised very low-calorie diets can deprive you of
important nutrients and are potentially dangerous.
diets rarely have any permanent effect. Sudden and radical changes in your
eating patterns are difficult to sustain over time. In addition, so-called
"crash" diets often send dieters into a cycle of quick weight loss, followed
by a "rebound" weight gain once normal eating resumes, and even more
difficulty reducing when the next diet is attempted.
lose weight safely and keep it off requires long-term changes in daily eating
and exercise habits.