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How can I reduce weight?
You can reduce your weight by consuming less energy than your body uses every day. Being physically active and consuming a nutritious, balanced diet can help you lose weight, and offers many health benefits as well.
What is obesity surgery?
Obesity (bariatric) surgery alters the digestive system in order to reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold and/or reduce the amount of energy and nutrients that can be absorbed in the small intestines.
Can medications help me lose weight?
There are some medications, such as orlistat and phentermine, that can assist with weight loss. They are not suitable for everyone and are usually only considered for people who have a significant amount of weight to lose and are having difficulty …
Can exercise alone help me lose weight?
Increasing your physical activity has not been shown to be very effective for weight loss if you do not take other measures, such as also reducing the amount of energy you consume through food and drinks. However, exercise offers many health benefits …
What is lap band surgery?
Lap band surgery is a form of obesity surgery that involves having a band inserted around the stomach to form a small pouch at the top. This restricts the amount of food your stomach can hold. A lap band can be adjusted or removed, but it is a serious surgical …
Are very low-energy diets safe?
Very low-energy diets are sometimes recommended for people with a lot of weight to lose, but they need to be done under close medical supervision. Consuming a very low amount of energy can cause health problems, can reduce your metabolism and is strongly …
Do I need to cut out carbohydrates or fat right out of my diet?
Australian dietary guidelines recommend consuming a wide range of nutritious foods from all the food groups, even when you are trying to lose weight. You can still have the occasional treat, but it's important to keep the …
What is the portion or serving size of a food?
A serving size will vary between foods. Packaged foods will generally have the serving size printed on the Nutrition Information panel on the packaging. Using smaller plates, bowls and spoons is a simple strategy to help keep your portion …
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Weight loss