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The Absolute Best Way to Lose Weight: Six simple ways of losing weight for good

Written by: Karen Duncan

Determine Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
A person's BMI is a mathematical formula that is used to gauge whether or not they are overweight. To figure out your own, multiply your weight in pounds by the number 703, then divide your answer by your height in inches, and finally, divide again by the height in inches.

A person with a BMI over 25 is considered overweight, and an index of over 30 indicates a high risk for developing weight-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. A number over 40 is considered to be morbidly obese. Once you have your number, you'll at least have a better idea of where you're starting from instead of simply using your weight as a marker.

Figure Your Caloric Needs
Of course everyone is different, but there's a relatively simple method to estimate the number of calories your body needs to maintain a healthy weight using your activity level. Those who have a low amount of physical activity, meaning no regular exercise with little other means of physical exertion, will require less calories until they increase that level closer to someone who exercises on a daily basis.

Increase Your Activity Level
It's an inevitable fact, if you want to lose weight, you have to move your body. It's actually a win-win situation as the more you exercise, the more you will burn fat since you've raised your metabolism and caused your entire body to function at a higher level.

Keep Track of Your Progress
There's a great feeling seeing your progress in inches and pounds gradually getting smaller and smaller as the weeks and months go by. Keep a record of every time you exercise, including what you did and for how long, and also write down everything you eat or drink. Seeing it all on paper somehow solidifies your efforts, motivating you to continue on toward your goal.

Change Your Habits
Put forth a conscious effort when it comes to preparing and eating your food. Eat as slowly as possible, chewing each bite thoroughly, paying attention to the tastes and textures, allowing you to feel satisfied quicker. Also, familiarize yourself with healthy portion sizes, using measuring cups and food scales religiously.

Make it a point not to skip meals, but instead eating smaller, more frequent meals all throughout the day. Water before every meal is an excellent appetite suppressant, and find low-calorie, low-fat snacks that you can enjoy instead of chips or cookies.

Beware of Fraudulent Claims
If a product claims to cause a weight loss of more than two to three pounds per week, or cause you to lose several dress sizes, or extraordinary amounts of inches in short periods of time, it is a perfect example of a fraudulent claim. Anyone who needs to lose weight must increase their level of physical activity and adopt healthier eating habits, period.

Products that announce that you'll be able to eat anything you like and still lose weight are also touting false claims. It's a simple matter of physics and science, food that goes into the body has to go somewhere, either converted into fat, used as energy, or turned into waste matter. Some weight loss pills also say that your appetite will continue to be under control long after you've stopped taking them. Whereas in reality, any permanent changes to your appetite, or metabolism must be because of a continual lifestyle commitment.


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