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  • Losing weight safely and effectively is an important goal for many overweight and obese Americans. By losing weight correctly, you are more likely to keep the weight off.

    Number of Pounds

    It is recommended that adults lose one to two pounds per week for safe weight loss, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Calories

    Adults should lower their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day (or burn some of those extra calories off with exercise) to lose one pound per week.

    Number of Meals

    It is recommended that you eat three meals a day with one snack or five to six smaller meals throughout the day, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians.

    Exercise

    It is recommended that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise) every week, with strength exercises that use all major muscle groups twice a week, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Benefits

    Losing just 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight can improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to the CDC.

    Source:

    American Academy of Family Physicians: Nutrition for Weight Loss

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity Guidelines

    Resource:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Losing Weight

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