Obesity - Weight-Loss Strategies and Programs
Tips for staying with it
Research shows that people who keep track of what they eat
and drink each day have more success at losing weight:
- Keep a
food journal to record everything you eat and drink.
- Pay attention to
- Use a calorie counter to check calories. You can find a
calorie counter at a bookstore or online (see www.supertracker.usda.gov/foodtracker.aspx).
Keep up with your physical activity.
- Fitness: Using a Pedometer or Step Counter
Think ahead about situations that may be
hard. Ask yourself if you are eating for reasons other than hunger:
- Have you noticed a change in your eating
or weight since a change occurred in your lifestyle or stress
- Do you use
food as a reward?
you eat whatever is most available because you don't plan ahead?
Many commercial weight-loss programs (such as
Weight Watchers or Lifesteps) and self-help or support groups (such as
Overeaters Anonymous) are available. The quality and effectiveness of
programs vary widely, from reputable obesity clinics associated with hospitals
to quick weight-loss schemes that may even harm your health with untested
considering a weight-loss program, ask
questions about the staff's qualifications and whether counseling is offered.
Be aware that the advertising strategies for weight-loss programs and products,
such as using celebrities and "before and after" pictures, are usually
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