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Starting a Smart Weight Loss Program

separator If you're one of the many people planning to embark on a weight loss program that really works, start out with these realistic recommendations:

Face the Basic Truth
Weight loss happens when you burn off more calories than you take in. There's no magic formula that can bypass this simple fact. The interesting thing about weight loss is that even though the formula is simple, many human beings have a difficult time accepting it.

Instead of setting yourself up for another episode of yo-yo dieting, commit to a sensible approach. And don't forget that if a diet doesn't sound like something you can stick with over the long term, it's not a good idea for you.

Set Long-Term Goals
Avoid tricky, weird diets that promise you'll lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. If it sounds like a diet is too good to be true, it probably is. Instead, talk with a dietitian or nutritionist to find out what kind of food plan you should be on. This should entail finding out how many calories you should eat each day, how big your portions should be and what types of foods you should eat to help you meet your weight loss goals.

Educate Yourself
Invest in a book that features information about healthy eating and healthy recipes. As you learn new recipes and read about what's in the food you eat, you'll become more and more adept at choosing healthy foods when you're in the grocery store and eating in restaurants.

Make Exercise Part of the Equation
There's no question that exercise is an important part of any weight loss plan. It's good for your health in a lot of ways, and it helps you burn calories.

Enlist the Support of Family and Friends
It's hard to make major changes alone, especially if your family members are eating differently than you. Get them involved in your plan. Healthy eating is for everyone, not just people who want to lose some weight.

The American Dietetic Association; The Food and Drug Administration; 2001
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