How can my healthcare providers help me lose weight?

If you need to lose weight, don't do it alone. For safe, permanent weight loss -- and for extra support -- let your healthcare providers help you. They can create a complete program that tailors the following elements just for you:
  • A consistently active lifestyle. Your healthcare providers can design an exercise program to help make sure you're using all of the calories you're eating. The plan will match your current level of fitness, your weight loss goals, and your interests.
  • Healthy food choices. A registered dietitian (RD) can create an individualized eating plan to support your weight loss. This may involve counting calories as well as servings. The RD may suggest that you boost your intake of some foods to help make sure you're getting the nutrients you need while you lose weight.
  • Goals and supervision for a gradual, permanent weight loss. Crash diets and fad diets rarely work in the long term, and are often unsafe. A registered dietitian can give you personalized goals and support to help you lose weight slowly and permanently. A good goal for most people is to try to lose weight at a rate of 1 or 2 pounds a week. Participating in cardiac rehab is a good way to get on track for a healthier weight.

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