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Weighing options for weight loss

With another holiday season behind us, we often think about losing a few pounds. But ... with so many weight loss options out there, which one is best?

That's tough to answer because we're all different. For some of us, eating less works best. For others, its more exercise. Generally, it's a combination of both. The bottom line is this: to lose one (1) pounds, you'll need to burn 3,500 more calories per week than you take in.

Understanding your preferences and lifestyle will help you succeed. If you're not much of a chef, trying to cook specialized meals probably won't end well. Setting reasonable goals is important, too. Healthy weight loss is a pound or two a week. Trying to lose weight too fast usually isn't healthy and rarely works long term.

Be wary of weight loss loss plans that use phrases like ...

  • Effortless
  • Fast, easy, quick, or immediate
  • New
  • Magical

It's also a good idea to seek information from those with proper credentials or expertise. Anyone can write a book and claim to be an expert. Do your research.

Planning balanced, healthy meals is a great start. Find simple ways to increase physical activity. Plan time for walks or other forms of exercise. Cut out extra snacks. Little things make a big difference.

Learn more from our Health Library: Weighing your options for weight loss.

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