Obesity - Topic Overview
How can you stay on your plan for change? continued...
have more success when they make small changes, one step at a time. For
example, you might eat an extra piece of fruit, walk 10 minutes more, or add
more vegetables to your meals.
Studies show that people who keep
track of what they eat are better at losing weight. Keep a notebook where you
can write down everything you eat and drink each day. You may be surprised to
see how much you are eating. Use a calorie counter to add up your calories.
(You can find calorie counters online and at bookstores.)
keep track of calories, look at whether you skip meals, when you eat, how often
you eat out, and how many fruits and vegetables you eat. Keep track of when you eat beyond feeling full and if you eat for reasons other than being hungry. This will help you see
patterns that you may want to change.
You may want to write down
the amount of physical activity you've had each day and compare the calories
you burned to those you took in. Use the
Interactive Tool: How Many Calories Did You Burn? to see how many
calories you burn through daily activities.
Can you take medicines or have surgery to lose weight?
and medicines don't work by themselves. Most people also need to make changes
in what they eat and how active they are.
Before your doctor will
prescribe medicines or surgery, he or she will probably want you to work on
healthier eating and activity for at least 6 months. Even if your doctor gives you
medicines or recommends surgery, you will need to keep your new healthy habits
for the rest of your life.
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