Most people know that being overweight is not healthy, yet losing weight can be difficult. This guide will help you through the weight loss process by explaining how successful weight loss really happens. If you've tried to lose weight before, don't view past efforts as failure. Instead, learn better weight-loss strategies, try again, and make this time different!

I. Healthy Weight Loss
Step 1: The benefits of a healthy weight
Step 2: What is your ideal weight?
Step 3: Causes and medical considerations
Step 4: How to lose weight the healthy way
II. The Basics of Losing Weight
Step 5: Modify your diet
Step 6: Create healthy food habits
Step 7: Get moving
III. Motivation and Help
Step 8: Small steps add up
Step 9: You can do it
Step 10: Choosing a weight loss program
Step 11: Medication and surgery

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How many calories should you cut?

Dietary fats explained

Fast foods

Gastrointestinal surgery

Helping overweight children

High carb diets

Vegetarian diets


Helpful Handouts

Body mass index - calculation

Body mass index - chart

Calorie and fiber charts

Track your weight-loss goals!

Weight profile form


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Review Date: 6/28/2011
Reviewed By: Jeffrey Heit, MD, Internist with special emphasis on preventive health, fitness and nutrition, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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