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Just the facts about weight loss

by Margery Gass | Apr 29, 2013
 A group of nutrition and diet experts laid out evidence-supported facts about weight loss in a recent New England Journal of Medicine article, as well as several myths. Here are the facts they presented regarding reaching or maintaining a healthy weight:

1. Genetics do play a big role in obesity, but your genes aren’t your weight destiny. Changing your lifestyle can promote just as much weight loss as the medications used for this purpose today.

2. Reducing your calorie intake can help you lose weight, but trying to go on a specific “diet” doesn’t work well in the long term —it’s the calorie reduction that counts.

3. Exercise makes you healthier, no matter how much you weigh or whether you lose weight.

4. You can’t go on a diet, lose weight, and go back to your old habits. You have to maintain changes to maintain your weight loss.

5. Greater structuring of your meals and use of meal-replacement products promotes more weight loss than simply attempting moderation.

6. Some medications can help you lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off, but only as long as you take the medication.

7. Weight loss surgery, if it’s right for you, can result in long-term weight loss and keep diabetes and more dire consequences of obesity at bay.

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Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP
NAMS Executive Director

An internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause, Dr. Gass became Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society in 2010. Dr. Gass has been an investigator on numerous research projects, including serving as a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to menopause, including osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and hormone therapy.


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