If you’ve decided to lose weight, you may be worried that you’ll choose a method, or a diet, that’s not safe, especially after the Fen-Phen scare a few years ago. No worries! If you’re considering a diet, here are my top ten tips on losing weight safely.
1. Learn the pyramid
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The absolute safest way to lose weight is also the most effective way to lose weight, and then maintain a healthy weight once you’ve reached your goal. Visit mypyramid.gov and use their calculator tool to figure out how many servings of each food group you ought to be consuming each day. The tool will give you a completely personalized plan, taking into consideration your age, sex, height, current weight, and activity level. The pyramid plan won’t tell you exactly what meals to eat (spaghetti, cereal, etc.) , but it will tell you how many servings of each food group (grains, dairy, fruits, etc.) you should have. If you learn how to read food labels and follow the plan, you’ll lose weight safely, and you won’t gain it back!