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2013: New Year, New You

Emma Gonzalez | December 31st, 2012

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Weight Loss TipsIf you’re searching for how to lose weight fast in 2013, diet experts emphasize that there is no magic solution. If you want to wiggle into your skinny jeans before we usher in 2014, you’re going to have to do some work in 2013. The good news is that shedding extra pounds doesn’t have to be hard or torturous. In fact, with some solid advice and a dose of willpower, you can follow easy steps to lose weight.

One of the secret weapons of the successful dieter is professional help—physician-guided weight loss programs, such as those available through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, have been proven highly effective in not only helping people shed unwanted pounds, but keep them off for the long haul. Physicians at the Center customize a unique diet and exercise plan for each individual, and provide personalized weight loss tips at every stage of the process.

The dos and don’ts of weight loss

The basic equation for weight loss is to eat well and get some exercise. You don’t want to drop below 1,200 calories a day (especially if you’re exercising) and you don’t want to subscribe to fad diets. Sure, they may help you drop a few pounds quickly, but more than likely you will only gain them back again. Furthermore, crash diets can have a negative impact on your health. On the other hand, you do want to eat healthy. That means more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. And you do want to get regular physical activity, whether it means mowing the yard or taking the stairs to your office building.

5 easy steps to lose weight

There are a lot of ways to lose weight, but most healthy diet and exercise programs advocate their own version of these five steps:

  1. Set a goal: This could be an interim weight-loss goal (not your end goal, but an attainable, short-term goal), or you could get motivated to fit into a certain pair of pants by spring.
  2. Veggie load: Vegetables are packed with nutrients and are usually low in calories, so stock up on leafy greens and veggies in all shades of the rainbow.
  3. Drink water: Drinking plenty of water can help you feel full or stave off hunger, but more than that, water is integral to a healthy body.
  4. Don’t skip meals: It may seem like an easy way to cut calories, but skipping meals is bad for your metabolism and often results in extreme hunger (and, thereby, binge eating).
  5. Stay positive: Weight loss is a long-term project, so a good attitude will help keep you motivated and moving toward your ultimate goal.

How to lose weight fast – and keep it off

Most successful dieters will tell you that a good support system is important to shedding pounds. Joining a community of like-minded eaters offering encouragement and weight loss tips can be a great help, but if you need a bit more support, turn to the professionals. Physician-guided diet programs, like those at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, are customized to each individual to help them lose weight quickly and successfully. That means that your weight-loss program will take into account your personal preferences, medical history, and lifestyle to create a program that is both easy-to-follow and enjoyable. Even better, your weight-loss professional acts as both a coach and diet expert, so you get encouragement from someone who knows what’s best for you.

Get started today by entering your zip code in the box at the right to see if one of the 450 Centers around the country is in your area. Special introductory offers are available for first-time visitors at select locations.