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If you have decided it’s time to lose weight but aren’t sure of the best way to do it, there are options you can explore. If losing pounds and inches is your goal, consider these.

 

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Diet

Dieting is the most obvious way to lose weight. There are many different diets to choose from, but few that are actually healthy and sustainable over time. The latest recommendations are the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, both of which are easy to do and successfully maintain while ingesting a healthy amount of calories.

The most important thing is to stay healthy. Starving yourself won’t do you any good, and neither will eating the same thing every day. Your body needs a whole mix of nutrients and vitamins. Remember to eat the colors of the rainbow and don’t limit yourself to only one type of food.

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Exercise and Physical Activity

A lot of people think that if they diet, that’s enough. But that isn’t exactly true. If you plan on getting fit, you will need to incorporate exercise into your life, even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. The more active you are, the more you enhance your overall health. 

You don’t have to go to the gym every day; you can just go for a walk or a bike ride, or even stick some music on and dance! Anything that gets your heart pumping and your body moving will do. Lack of time is not an excuse either; even getting up and walking around the block once every couple hours is better than sitting and being inactive all day long. Incorporate cardio, toning and strength training on a rotating basis for best results.  Need motivation? Head over to YouTube and find a fitness video that you can follow; this is a great way to easily change up your routine and do it from the comfort of your own home.

 

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Medication

For some people, it’s not that simple to lose weight. If you’ve tried everything and the weight just won’t budge, see your doctor and find out if there are any physical issues preventing your ability to lose inches and pounds. For example, hypothyroidism is one common condition, especially as we age, that can affect our ability to lose weight. If the cost of medication is an issue, there are lots of safe pharmaceutical websites out there for you to get medications online, so have a look if this is a better route for you.

 

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Surgery

This is one of the most drastic ways to lose weight, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

For some people, the best way to eat less and start losing weight is gastric bypass or a stomach sleeve procedure. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten in one sitting. For those who are obese, it can be a life-changing way to finally lose all those excess pounds they have been carrying.

And if you have lost a lot of weight, there is often excess skin left behind. In this case, cosmetic surgery to remove the excess skin and tissue can be the only way to look normal again. It’s not frivolous; cosmetic surgery can change people’s lives. It can give you back the body you once had, boost confidence and self-esteem, and make you want to work even harder to maintain what you’ve got.

 

Whatever option you decide to go with, just make sure you’re healthy, and always get a second, (or third, or fourth!) opinion before you make your mind up. And no matter what other lifestyle changes you make, always incorporate nutritious foods for optimal health.

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