Talk With Your Doctor Before Starting a Diet
Consult your physician regarding your weight before you decide on a weight loss program. The weight loss plan you follow should depend largely upon your health and any existing medical conditions. Your doctor or health care professional will offer advice and safe effective weight loss strategies concerning the amount of weight you should lose as well as the best weight loss plan for your individual needs. They can also help you set reasonable weight loss goals that target an ideal weight for your height, body frame, age and gender.
You should always discuss the risks and benefits of taking diet pills or supplements and how they may react with any medications you are taking.
A good weight control strategy to follow:
- Talk with your doctor before starting any diet.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Drinking water instead of sugary drinks.
- Being physically active.
- Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods.
- Eat fewer calories.
- Don’t be a couch potato. Watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
- Try to exercise instead of eating while you watch.
- Exercise regularly. Over 90% of people who have lost and kept their weight off use physical activity as part of their weight control program.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Weigh yourself daily. Have a plan for how to get back on track if your weight begins to creep up.
- Watch the fast food: Try not to eat fast food and eat out no more than once a week. With the new “Healthy Foods Trend” many fast-food restaurants are offering new lower calorie items making it easy to choose healthier options.
- Stay consistent: Those who “go off their diet” on weekends, vacations or holidays have a harder time keeping weight off.
- Keep food and activity diary: A diary will also encourage you to make conscious choices about what you eat and do. Writing it down gives you the chance to think twice before you eat. This is one of the most useful things you can do to help you gain control your weight.