What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Weight Loss

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Ready to embark on a new, healthy lifestyle? Good for you! But before you get started, there are a few things you should know.

If your doctor is encouraging you to lose weight, he or she will probably hone in on the many positive health benefits that slimming down can bring —  like a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But what will losing weight really be like?

From unexpected perks to annoying side effects, here are 10 important truths about weight loss that your doctor probably won’t mention.

1. Diet alone — or exercise alone — won’t cut it. 

The best path to long-term, sustainable weight loss is a healthy diet and regular exercise. “Those who elect to try one without the other are making the whole process of weight loss much more difficult,” says Dr. Charles Pelitera, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of health and wellness at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. “Good eating habits, exercise, and consistency are the keys.”

Instead of trying to cut 500 calories a day from your diet, he says, it’s much simpler to cut just 200 or 300, and make up the rest of the calorie deficit by working out. “And don’t discount resistance training,” he says, adding that muscle tissue you’ll develop will let your body burn calories much more efficiently, even while at rest.

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Source: Everyday Health | Debbie Strong

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