Has your doctor told you that you need to lose weight? Maybe you have decided on your own that you want to lose weight to lower cholesterol or better control diabetes. Weight is gained when our caloric intake exceeds our caloric expenditure. Easily accessible and cheap options such as fast food and processed foods have caused weight gain for many people. Weight loss ads abound with false promises of dropping weight fast just by popping this pill or drinking this drink in place of meals. Who do you trust? What's the best way?
The only way to lose weight is to expend more calories than you consume. Consuming more fruits and vegetables with lean protein options instead of convenience foods is one way to start. There is no magic pill or "diet"; rather, a lifestyle change of eating healthy whole foods coupled with exercise is the only way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss. Limit processed and fast foods and look for ways to make healthier versions of your favorite treats. You can also consult a nutritionist if you're not sure where to start, and often your doctor can give you advice in this regard. Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent health problems in the future.