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Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Avoid Eating Disorders

Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Avoid Eating Disorders

If you're a woman, it's likely that you or other women you know are wondering how to lose weight and get healthy. Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau got it right: "Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia, and surgery." Ironically, the more pressure society put on girls and women to look rail thin and “Photoshopped” of all flaws, the more they struggle with obesity and self-esteem.

Seventy percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and it's estimated that 30% of kids are too. No one -- not even women over the age of 50 -- is exempt from the "I should be thin"/"I'm fat" emotional roller coaster. One report reveals that 62% of older women believe their weight or shape is a major bummer. Many have eating disorders and a significant number vomit, take diet pills, or use laxatives to lose weight.

We want you to stop, take a deep breath, and consider this: You can boost your self-esteem, make your RealAge younger, lose weight, get stronger, and feel happier without adopting extreme (and extremely harmful) habits.

How to lose weight? Get a walking buddy (a dog, a friend, or headphones). Start slowly. Your long-term goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day. Also make these simple diet changes:

  1. Avoid most saturated fats.
  2. Avoid all trans fats.
  3. Eat only 100% whole grains.
  4. Eliminate added sugar.
  5. Never eat sugar syrups (high fructose corn syrup is part of this felonious grouping).

Above all, be patient -- and persistent. That’s the key to healthy weight loss that lasts.

This "world's healthiest cuisine" may boost longevity, especially in women.

Medically reviewed in June 2019.

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