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Keeping a healthy weight does not present a challenge to someone who has a normal body weight, but if you gain easily and weigh much more than you should, losing the weight may seem impossible. There are common sense ways to lose your extra weight, and the information in this article can help you attain a healthy and attractive body.

As an overweight person, you probably enjoy eating some foods that provide more calories and less nutrition than you should. While you should certainly change your diet if you want to lose weight, you do not have to completely eliminate all the foods you love. Just limit the amount of those foods you include in your diet, or choose other delicious foods that are not high in calories in fat. For instance, instead of eating ice cream you can substitute frozen yogurt or low calorie, fat free ice cream. Also, make sure to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat.

Walking is a great form of exercise that nearly anyone can do. If you are truly obese it may be difficult to walk very far, but start with short walks and increase the length as you lose weight and gain endurance. If you live in an area where the weather prevents you from walking during the winter months, go to a gym or the YMCA to walk. If neither of those options are available, you can always go to the mall and join the many foul weather mall walkers.

These days there is a higher consciousness of good nutrition, and there are many low fat and low calorie versions of foods available. You can choose lighter versions of salad dressings, sour cream, dips and even cookies. These are really only a few of the healthier food choices now available. Concentrate of purchasing those types of foods as much as possible, and use them as ingredients in the recipes you make at home.

Drinking enough water is good for you no matter how much you weigh, or whether or not you are trying to lose weight. However, water does flush impurities and oxidized fat from your body. This will help you feel more energetic so you are more likely to get the exercise you need to help with your weight loss.

If you live alone you may not be able to share your meals with other people very much, but you can make each meal at event. This will help you focus on the food you are eating and get more enjoyment from it. This helps you feel full faster so you probably will eat less. Do not eat in front of the television, and definitely do not take a bag of chips with you while watching a movie at home.

You may think it is silly to use a smaller plate in an attempt to fool yourself into thinking you are eating more. This does seem to work to some extent, so use a salad plate and you will fill it with less food.

Although these tips may seem obvious, if you put them into practice you can begin your journey to a healthy weight.

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