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Many people want to lose weight. You must remember there are healthy ways to go about losing weight and unhealthy ones. Here are strategies for losing weight safely and healthily.

1. Take Control of Your Diet

Sometimes, people struggle to change their diet when they begin weight loss journeys. It's so easy to reach for a bag of chips, which is cheap, readily available, and has a long shelf life. By comparison, buying whole ingredients and taking the time to prepare them can feel like a slog. There are tricks you can try to take control of your diet. Practice mindful eating, take the opportunity to try new recipes, and avoid purchasing unhealthy snacks, instead opting for healthy alternatives so the readily available food in your kitchen is healthier. Depending on your starting weight and your goal, certain supplements or medications may be available to you, such as fat burners. However, if you are interested in supplements or medications, it's vital you discuss this with your doctor and consistently monitor your medication because if these are taken improperly, they can become dangerous.

2. Get Active

One of the most important aspects of any weight loss journey is starting to exercise. Not only does exercising help you lose weight, but it also helps keep your cardiovascular system healthy and boosts mood. However, many people don't find exercise enjoyable, at least at first. Remember that you don't need to force yourself to do physical activities you dislike. If you don't like jogging, don't jog. There are all kinds of exercises available, both in-person and remotely. You can sign up for dance, barre, or martial arts classes. You could buy some light weights or exercise bands and work out at home by following video routines online. You also don't need to become an athlete right away, or ever. The important thing isn't being the best at whatever exercise you choose. The point is getting active. You can start out by taking brisk walks and then slowly work your way up to running a mile, for example.

3. Avoid Fad Diets

Fad diets may seem to work in the short-term, but they're rarely long-term solutions and can actually end up doing more harm than good. Many of them are so focused on weight loss, asking you to cut whole food groups out of your diet or trade out balanced meals for protein shakes, that they forget you need a varied and nutritious diet to stay healthy more than you need to lose lots of weight. Instead, focus on eating whole foods and meals with lots of variety, particularly in fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Learn how to control emotional or boredom-induced eating and focus on cutting processed foods out instead of food groups like carbohydrates.

4. Build Muscle

One of the best ways to burn fat isn't cardio exercise, it's building and toning muscle. Working your muscles burns more calories and helps support your bones better than just focusing on burning fat. You should incorporate strengthening exercises, such as weight training, toning exercises, such as pilates, and flexibility exercises, such as yoga into your workout routine to get a well-balanced workout. Just keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, so as you burn fat and build muscle, it may seem at first like you aren't losing weight.

5. Be Realistic About Your Goals

Above all, you need to be realistic about your goals. Weight loss doesn't happen overnight and you may experience some ups and downs on your journey, but try not to get discouraged. You should set a long-term goal and several smaller, short-term ones. For example, you could decide to lose one pound per week over a period of time and focus more on how you plan to achieve that than just the goal of losing a pound a week.

If you want to lose weight, you should first talk to your doctor. He or she should be able to advise you on various weight-loss regimens or medications you can pursue and specialists you can consult regarding diet and exercise.

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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer in both physical and mental health. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

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