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How can I lose weight?

Losing weight can be challenging, and it's important to have realistic expectations about how fast you can lose weight and how much weight you plan to lose. Your doctor and other health professionals can provide guidance and support towards achieving a healthy weight. The good news is that even relatively small reductions in weight (as little as a few kilograms) can be effective in reducing your risk of many of the health conditions associated with being overweight. Recommended approaches to weight loss include reducing energy intake via a healthy eating plan and increasing your physical activity levels to increase your energy output. Options such as medication to assist weight loss (orlistat) and bariatric surgery (also known as obesity surgery) may be considered for people who: have not been able to lose weight or prevent weight gain despite trying lifestyle changes; are obese and have a lot of weight to lose, and; have related health problems such as type 2 diabetes. Your doctor can discuss whether these options are suitable for you.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 31 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Obesity


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