Obesity has become a major health problem worldwide and especially in the United States.

Obesity has become a major health problem worldwide and especially in the United States.  It is associated with all kinds of diseases, cancers and increased mortality. The medical definition of “being overweight” or obese is based on your body mass index (weight in kilograms/height in meter squared) and can be calculated for you by your medical provider. It is estimated that at least one third of our population is overweight and another third is obese!

The new interesting finding about how to lose weight is that diet seems to be a lot more important than exercise. Don’t get me wrong, exercise is still of utmost importance in fighting diabetes, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, decreasing the risk of heart attacks, prolonging life and maintaining weight loss. The least anyone should aim for is walking 30 minutes 5 days a week. Please consult with your provider before starting any physical program to make sure it will be safe for you.

I always tell my patients that losing weight follows a simple equation of how much calories you put in minus how much you spend. Yes it is that easy. Keeping in mind that men lose weight easier because of bigger muscle mass and hence more energy expenditure. It is harder for older people to lose weight due to lower metabolic rate.

First you need to set a realistic goal, which should be losing around 5 percent of your weight in six months. Then you should pick a diet plan that fits you best. All of them will help you lose weight and all of them have a welcome effect on your cholesterol profile. You may decide on a portion controlled diet, a low fat, a low carbohydrate or high protein diet, or a Mediterranean diet. But remember the less active you are the less calories you can take in and exercise helps to keep that weight off. In addition, calorie restriction should never be less than 800 calories per day.

So, I hope that in the ten minutes or less it took you to read my article, you have decided to start losing weight and if you need any further assistance please contact your provider. Good luck!