Tips to Lose 20 Pounds Through Medical Weight Loss

December 28, 2011

20 poundsWith the New Year coming up, lots of people will embark on a new plan to lose weight. Let’s say you have a certain amount of weight to lose, like 20 pounds, that seems daunting and you don’t know where to start. We’ve got some tips to help you lose those 20 pounds safely and for the long term:

Develop Healthier Habits: One of the best tips to lose 20 pounds that people overlook is to start developing healthier habits like eating right, exercising several times a week, and changing unhealthy habits. The reality is, no matter what those quick weight loss ads promise, you just can’t lose fat without changing the way you eat and live. There’s a reason your current way of doing things has led to excess weight gain. You have to do things differently if you want your weight to be different, too.

Cut Out Processed Foods: Many people make the mistake of trying to eat the same foods they always have but in smaller portions. The trouble is, the foods they have been eating are usually highly processed and nutritionally poor. Making the switch to a low-calorie but nutritionally rich diet that contains mostly foods in the natural form and very little boxed, frozen, or canned foods makes losing weight easier because you’re still eating enough food but with fewer calories. You’ll feel satisfied and will be less likely to have cravings.

Eat Out Less: It’s no secret that the portions served in most restaurants are two or three times the amount they should be, but what many people don’t realize is that restaurants often add far more fat, butter, salt, and other ingredients to their dishes than you ever would at home. So even if you pack up half your meal for later, it still may contain far more calories than you think. Get in the habit of cooking at home, packing your lunch, and eating breakfast before leaving in the morning to better control calories and portions.

Shop with a List: Planning out your meals in advance and then shopping with a list will help you lose 20 pounds in several ways. First, you won’t be tempted to grab fast food or eat something unhealthy because you don’t have a plan or the ingredients you need on hand. Second, shopping with a list helps you to avoid impulse buys triggered by the very clever and carefully packaged and positioned foods in the market.

Be Realistic: Finally, if you want to lose 20 pounds, be sure your goal is realistic to begin with. Very few people can achieve the long and lean look of a supermodel, no matter how much they diet. Accepting your body’s natural and genetic limits is the first step toward attaining the healthiest weight for you, not just a number on the scale that may or may not be your ideal weight.

If you’ve tried to lose 20 pounds before and failed, or keep losing and regaining the same weight, come to The Center for Medical Weight Loss and let us show you how to lose 20 pounds healthfully and once and for all.

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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