Weight Loss: The Basics

Let’s get back to basics with how we eat and exercise. One truth remains in the battle of weight loss: you must eat and drink fewer calories than your body burns off.

No matter what path you choose, make sure you use a safe weight loss plan that will support your ultimate health goals. Losing weight too quickly is not good for you. Aim to lose ½ to 2 pounds per week. This means you would need to cut out 250-1,000 calories from what you would normally eat in a day.

There are many ways to tackle improving your health. But there are no miracle pills – you need to make permanent changes to your lifestyle if you want to lose weight safely and keep it off. It doesn’t happen overnight; losing weight gradually over time is the best and healthiest way to go.

Different strategies work for different people, so you may have to try a few different approaches or a combination of techniques to be successful.

  • Last Reviewed: December 19, 2013
  • Last Edited: December 19, 2013

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