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General approach to weight loss

Weight loss is a very popular topic especially in modern countries. Losing only a few percent of your body weight can potentially solve many health issues related to being overweight (such as high blood pressure). The main trick to losing weight is to eat fewer calories than what you burn. In other words, if you burn more calories than what you consume every day, you will start losing weight. You can see that there are two ways to achieve this, you can either burn more calories or eat less. Generally speaking, most health experts suggest that you use a combination of both eating less and also staying more physically active to achieve your weight loss goals. Here, we will discuss a few simple changes, that you can make in your day-to-day life, to increase your chance of success. As you probably already know, although losing a few pounds might be relatively simple, losing a lot of weight needs dedication and hard work. In either case, don’t worry! We are here for you :) Simply follow the instructions on this page and we believe your chance of success will increase drastically. Nevertheless, if you are suffering from severe obesity, we highly encourage you to seek medical and/or surgical treatments in addition to what you read here.

Where to start?

The best way to start your weight loss is to set up a realistic goal. Using our website, you can learn more about weight loss, connect with other members, and set up weekly email reminders to help you with this process. Always remember not to stress yourself too much about your weight. Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and your weight goals should come naturally as a result of that. As pointed out earlier in our "General Tips", weight changes need to happen gradually and steadily. Any rapid weight change can be harmful for your overall well-being. It goes without saying that such a rapid weight change is also hard to maintain in a long-run. As a rule-of-thumb, losing more than a pound or two per week is neither realistic nor healthy. We highly encourage you to use our website to keep track of your weight loss goals as we take into account all these factors when setting your weekly goals. Furthermore, if you miss or exceed your weekly goal, you can always enter your latest weight reading and we adjust your goals accordingly.

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Developing healthy habits

In addition to all the points we mentioned earlier, we encourage you to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Cut down on fried food (such as French fries and onion rings) and your fat intake. Instead, you can grill, boil, broil, roast, or bake your food to use less oil when cooking. To avoid overeating, you can start your meals with a small soup or salad which fills you up a little and quenches your hunger. Most health experts recommend avoiding too much coffee, alcohol, and soda pops. These drinks stimulate your brain temporarily (by pumping a lot of caffeine or sugar to your body) and have a bad long-term impact on your health. In addition, sodas are generally on the high side in terms of calories and sugar content. Dairy products have many health benefits. However, there have been a lot of discussions, in different communities, about the significant amount of antibacterial agents found in these products. As a matter of fact, it has generally been suggested to take dairy products in moderation. We are sure that you have heard this enough; but, it never hurts to hear it one more time. Try to quit smoking and also avoid second hand smoke if possible. Intake of red meat should be limited and instead, fish, chicken, and turkey can be used more frequently. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as they are packed with enzymes, vitamins and dietary fiber. If you can only take away one thing from our website, please remember to stay away from any processed food. In addition, try to stay active and incorporate physical activities into your daily routine. Half an hour of exercise (even if it only includes mild routines) goes a long way if done almost every day. If you are busy or there are other constraints that are holding you back from doing your routine exercise at once, you can break it into three 10-minute periods throughout the day.

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