Safe weight reduction takes time and effort, but by making lifestyle changes that incorporate proper nutrition and physical activity, you can lose and maintain your weight for the long-term.

Before making changes, it is a good idea to think about several important questions:

Why do you want to lose weight? If you have made a clear, sound, decision to lose weight and have support of a physician, it is important to understand that permanent, safe weight reduction takes time.

Do you really need to lose weight? We weren't all born to be thin or conform to society's definition of the ideal body. Your body size and shape depend on multiple factors, including your genes, eating patterns, Resting Energy Expenditure (see definition below) and exercise. The ultimate goal is to accept and Love Your Body while trying to improve your health.

What is a realistic amount of weight for you to lose and maintain? Every individual is different; however studies show that it is safe to lose approximately 1-2 pounds per week for success in maintaining weight loss. Consult with a physician or registered dietician.