How To Lose Weight Safely

Diet Do’s & Don’ts For Healthy Weight Loss

Crash diets and fasting can be dangerous. Learn how to lose weight safely so you can fulfill your New Year’s resolution without hurting yourself.

If you are carrying a few extra pounds, losing weight can boost your energy, improve your sleep, strengthen your immune system, and reduce aches and pains.

When you commit to shedding pounds, it can be tempting to choose a fad diet that will help you lose weight quickly. However, losing weight gradually—one to two pounds per week—leads to greater long-term success than losing a lot of weight all at once.

In fact, diet strategies, such as liquid fasting, and herbal remedies or supplements that promote dramatic weight loss can have dangerous side effects—think gout, abnormal heart rate, dehydration, gallstones, hair loss, and low blood sugar (which can make you hungry and derail your diet).

Do’s For Losing Weight Safely

Eat A Variety Of Foods

A balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains, low- or nonfat dairy products, and foods rich in fiber.

Drink Plenty Of Water Every Day

Avoid extra calories and sugar by limiting your intake of alcoholic beverages, juices, and soda.

Limit The Amount Of Sugar You Consume

Foods high in sugar tend to be high in calories and low in nutrients.

Watch Your Portion Sizes

Read food labels carefully. This can help you determine serving size and avoid accidental overeating.

Dont’s For Losing Weight Safely

Believe Before & After Photos

Many diet scams use doctored photographs or pictures from other sources to convince you their plans work.

Skip Meals

This can cause your blood sugar to drop, leaving you feeling irritable and fatigued—two emotions that can lead you to snack on unhealthy foods. Skipping meals may also slow your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose weight in the long term.

Focus On Eliminating Whole Food Groups

Successful dieters eat a variety of foods, while restrictive diets can be hard to maintain over the long term.

Trust Diet Plans That Claim To Help You Lose Weight Too Quickly

Safe weight loss is one to two pounds per week. That kind of lasting weight loss takes time and commitment.

Spend A Lot Of Money On Weight-Loss Plans

Healthy weight loss requires little more than a grocery list of healthy ingredients and time to shop for and cook your own meals.

If you or a loved one experiences dehydration or other side effects from dieting, visit The Emergency Center’s convenient 24-hour location in San Antonio.


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