Energy Balance: The Simple Principle of Weight Loss
Using Strategies to Get Started
- Set and commit to realistic goals and monitor your progress toward achieving these goals
- Slowly modify your eating and exercise behaviors, as well as habits influencing both
- Examine and restructure unrealistic, negative thoughts, or expectations
- Reduce stress
- Develop a network of social support and information
Looking at Weight Loss Aids
- Phentermine—can be taken alone or in combination with another medication
Setting Realistic Goals
- Remember that even modest changes can make a big difference.
- Work with a therapist. A therapist can help you to explore the deeper individual and cultural issues you may have about food, eating, and body image. Use this information to gain a greater degree of self-understanding, acceptance, and compassion.
- If you are interested in trying medications or supplement, have realistic ideas about what these can do for you. There is no substitute for making long-term lifestyle changes.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/11/2014 -