New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How Can I Lose Weight Quickly and Safely?

If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you use. A good way to do this is to plan for and keep track of how many calories you take in through food and drinks and how many you lose during regular physical activity, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The better you are about following healthy eating habits and sticking to a planned exercise routine, the more likely you are to have steady, healthy weight loss.

Some of these eating habits may help:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
  • Limit trans fats, cholesterol, salt, added sugars and carbohydrates

Adding physical activities into your exercise routine can also help:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Tennis
  • Aerobic classes, such as step aerobics, dancing or kick boxing
  • Energetic house or yard work, such as gardening, mopping or vacuuming

Remember, you won’t lose weight overnight. Losing weight takes time and should be done in a healthy way that helps you keep the weight off instead of following the latest diet trend for quick weight loss that may not last.

Ask you doctor for more information about healthy ways to lose weight.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine