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Getting to a Healthy Weight

Getting to a Healthy Weight

The holidays are over and you've made all those great plans for a healthier you. If you're trying to lose weight, you should ask yourself some simple questions. Doctor Francis Chesley of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality explains.

Dr. Chesley:
Getting to a Healthy Weight is easier if you're more aware of your behavior. Do I need to put all that food on my plate? Wouldn't it help me to eat more fruits and vegetables? And what about dessert, do I always need it? Can't I walk or do some simple exercise every day? The longer you work at it, the more likely you'll be to lose weight. And cutting back on your meal size is definitely a successful beginning.

Dr. Chesley also says not to count on diet pills to help you lose weight. People who rely on diet pills alone lose at the most only 10 pounds a year. For more information about losing weight, talk with your family doctor.

Page last reviewed September 2012
Internet Citation: Getting to a Healthy Weight. Content last reviewed September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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