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Heart Disease and Weight: Final Thoughts

When it comes to weight loss, there are no quick fixes. Successful, lasting weight loss requires a change of lifestyle, not a brief effort to drop pounds quickly. Otherwise, you will probably regain the weight. Aim to lose between ½ pound to 2 pounds per week -- no more. If you have a lot of weight to lose, ask your doctor, a registered dietitian, or a qualified nutritionist to help you develop a sensible plan for gradual weight loss.
To take off pounds and keep them off, you will need to make changes in both your eating and physical activity habits. Weight control is a question of balance. You take in calories from the foods you eat. You burn off calories during physical activity.
Cutting down on calories, especially calories from fat, is a key to losing weight. Combining this change in diet with a regular physical activity program, such as walking or swimming, will help you both shed pounds and stay trim for the long term. For more information about weight and heart disease, talk with your doctor, registered dietitian, or qualified nutritionist.
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