Weight Loss

What a Healthy Weight Loss Plan Really Looks Like

Though following very low calorie diets may result in rapid weight loss in the short term, slow and steady wins the weight loss race. The most successful weight loss plans combine diet, exercise and behavioral therapy.

Fad diets, as their name implies, are short-term quick fixes that actually set many dieters up for weight-loss failure. If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Learn more about diet trends and get answers from the food and nutrition experts.

Understanding Obesity

Having a body mass index (BMI) that is considered obese is often associated with having too much fat in your body. Carrying too much body fat may have harmful effects on your health, so BMI is used as a screening tool.

Carrying too much body fat has harmful effects on your health. Learn how the appropriate approach to weight loss and lifestyle changes can give you long-term success.

Essential Nutrients for Women while Cutting Calories

Get tasty tips to get the essential energizing nutrients your body craves and to cut back on unnecessary calories at the same time.

Healthy weight is about balancing food intake with physical activity, and small changes can make a big difference. Learn about getting started with a healthy eating plan, foods to include, ways to cut calories and more tips for losing weight the healthy way.

Time to Unplug!

What occupies your kids for more than six hours per day? TV, computer and video screens. Ungluing your kids from the TV set and other screens may help prevent and treat weight problems.

Your health and your weight are connected. If your body mass index falls into the range of overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk for diseases and certain conditions. Learn more about BMI, defining overweight and obese, and healthy weights for all ages.

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