Energy Balance: The Simple Principle of Weight Loss
Using Strategies to Get Started
- Set realistic goals and monitor your progress toward achieving these goals.
- Modify your eating and exercise behaviors, as well as habits influencing both.
- Examine and restructure unrealistic, negative thoughts, or expectations.
- Reduce stress.
- Develop a network of social support.
Looking at Weight Loss Aids
- Diethylpropion (eg, Tenuate, Tenuate Dospan)
- Orlistat (eg, Alli [nonprescription], Xenical [prescription])
- Phendimetrazine (eg, Bontril)
- Phentermine (eg, Adipex-P)
Setting Realistic Goals
- Remember that even modest changes can make a big difference.
- Work with a therapist. A therapist can help you to explore the deeper individual and cultural issues you may have about food, eating, and body image. Use this information to gain a greater degree of self-understanding, acceptance, and compassion.
- If you are interested in trying medicines or supplement, have realistic ideas about what these can do for you. There is no substitute for making long-term lifestyle changes.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/31/2012 -