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Proper diet and exercise can aid in weight loss, as well as keep you healthy. We know you've heard that before - the challenge is to follow through. Others have lost weight by following these simple guidelines and so can you.
  • Set small, realistic goals. If you have a lot of weight to lose, try for 5 pounds, relax a bit and then go for 5 more. 
  • Start a regular exercise program and stick with it. Don't be afraid of those sweatsuits and Lycra pants! 
  • Exercise outside your routine as well - park at the far end of the parking lot and walk; take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
  • Eat low fat, high fiber food like salads and vegetable pastas. 
  • Choose foods that you like. Learn to prepare healthy, low calorie foods that taste good. Eating well doesn't have to mean eating dull! 
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals - your body starts to increase its metabolism so that calories are burned faster. Also, "mini meals" can prevent overeating. 
  • Plan ahead. Keep the fridge stocked with healthy food. You'll be less likely to run out for high calorie, high fat junk food. 
  • Keep a food diary -this will help pinpoint where you can improve your diet. 
  • Once you discover your favorite snack time, be sure to have plenty of healthy options available. 

Lose weight with a friend, or join a support group. Avoid those vending machines by carrying around your own healthy foods and leaving pocket change at home. Choose an exercise program that you enjoy, and don't shun the unconventional - did you know that regular, vigorous dancing is exercise too? 

Lose weight gradually - you are more apt to keep it off. 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per week is considered safe. 

Consult a doctor to find an exercise program that is best for you. 
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Crash diets can help you lose weight quickly, but most people gain the weight back. Some are also unhealthy and dangerous. If you choose to go with a specific diet plan, choose one that is medically credible.
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