If you talk to your doctor about weight loss (and you should), he/she might sum up healthy weight loss more or less like this:
If you eat fewer calories than your body actually uses, you will lose weight. Your body will begin to burn the stored fat and use it for energy. Eating less and moving more (or both) are the healthiest ways to lose weight. Keep it “slow and steady”. Safe and gradual weight loss is always the most healthy for you. If you are planning to start a self-managed weight loss program, set your initial goal at 2 lbs per week of weight loss. If you try to lose more than this, you’ll most likely end up losing water and lean muscle.
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