Weight Loss and Control (cont.)
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How to Lose Weight
For most people who are overweight or obese, the safest and most effective way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. If you eat less and exercise more, you will lose weight. It's as simple as that. There are no magic pills. Diets that sound too good to be true are just that.
Effective weight loss plans include several parts. You will find tips for achieving these goals in the next sections.
Drastic changes in eating habits, such as not eating at all (fasting), are usually unsuccessful. Eating too few calories causes your metabolism to slow down, meaning the body burns fewer calories.
Don't believe claims about losing weight while you sleep or watch TV, or plans that claim to cause weight loss without dieting or exercise. Such gimmicks just don't work. They may even be unsafe or unhealthy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2016
Gayle M Galletta, MD
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