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Change the Way You Eat

You can make healthier decisions about your diet. Start by learning more about your food

Losing weight often sounds simple, but changing habits takes time, attention and perseverance. Be patient with yourself and start slowly — aim to lose a pound or two a week. But also be diligent: Keep a food journal every day and uphold your commitment to a real lifestyle change.

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To successfully lose weight, many of us need to relearn (or, in some cases, learn for the first time) how to eat healthfully and become physically active. Our old habits are well ingrained, so take it slowly. Be kind to yourself.

Now, where to begin?

1. Set a weight-loss goal: If you are significantly overweight, a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction of body weight can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and other conditions. You will achieve long-term success by making changes over an extended period. But don’t try to do too much too quickly. Recommended weight loss — regardless of your starting weight — is usually no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.

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