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Weight loss is not just about counting calories. Here you will find tips for eating the right foods at the correct times. Diets are not easy, so we provide information to live a heathy lifestyle that will include diet, exercise, stress management and sleep. All targeted to help you maintain a healthy weight.

Weight Loss Tips for the Holidays

69% of Americans are overweight or obese and 55% are dieting at any one time. But dieting doesn’t work. In the end, most people regain more weight than they lose from dieting. “Eating isn’t the Read More

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Over the past few years it has become clear that weight is an important health issue. Some people who need to lose weight for their health don’t recognize it, while others who don’t need to lose weight want to get thinner for cosmetic reasons. We understand that in some ways your weight is different from, for example, your cholesterol level or your blood pressure, because you can’t see what these are by looking at someone. Many patients have had health care providers who approached their weight in a less-than-sensitive or helpful manner. Some patients may have had health care encounters in which they felt blamed, but not helped. Successful weight management is a long-term challenge.

Weight can affect a person’s self-esteem. Excess weight is highly visible and evokes some powerful reactions, however unfairly, from other people and from the people who carry the excess weight. The amount of weight loss needed to improve your health may be much less than you wish to lose, when you consider how you evaluate your weight. Research has shown that your health can be greatly improved by a loss of 5–10 percent of your starting weight. That doesn’t mean you have to stop there, but it does mean that an initial goal of losing 5–10 percent of your starting weight is both realistic and valuable.