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Losing Weight — and Keeping It Off!

a woman measuring her waistWeight loss always sounds like a heavy task, but some say it might be easier than you think. You might find that all these diet trends and fads that pop up, especially those targeting women, are cumbersome. Or, if they do work, they may be difficult to sustain.

Healthline.com takes a look at some of the key points you need in finding that perfect diet.

Calories

As nutritional needs vary by gender, age, and activity levels, the amount of calories you consume needs to take these factors into consideration. In general, a healthy and moderately adult active man needs 2,500 kcal of energy and a woman needs 2,000 kcal. So, to lose a pound a week, or 0.45 kilo, experts say you need to shave at least 500 kcal per day from your daily food intake.

Nutrition

While calorie counting does matter in any healthy weight loss plan, planning your meals around healthy and nutritious food items should be the priority. Cut back on starches and sugars and increase your low-carb vegetables and protein intake. Don’t remove fat entirely from your diet; some good sources of fat include olive oil and avocado. Also, keep portion sizes in check. Choosing the right food in the right portion is important.

Food environment

In today’s modern world, food and convenience almost come hand in hand. Taking charge of your food environment is also an important factor in your road to health and wellness. Takeout meals and restaurant or fast food tend to add more sugar and unhealthy fat, not to mention larger portion sizes. Cooking your meals will ensure that you know exactly what goes into your food.

The key to losing weight — and keeping that weight off for long—is finding the right diet that will work for you in the long term. Remember to combine it with exercise and a healthy lifestyle to incorporate a holistic weight loss regimen into your routine.