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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find a healthy weight for me?

You should always feel free to speak with your primary care clinician about this issue.  Use the BMI calculator on the CDC page to calculate your body mass index.

What is the best way to lose about 15 pounds?

There are many sustainable lifelong changes you can make to lose weight that can be safe and effective.

Keep in mind that the keys for successful weight control are eating breakfast regularly, exercising for about an hour most days of the week, eating a balanced diet (click here for more information) and checking your weight on a regular basis. Writing down what you eat can also help you identify areas for improvement.

If you would like to track your caloric intake, free calorie counters can be found at www.myfooddiary.com and www.my-calorie-counter.com. Most men need between 1,800-2,200 calories to lose weight, while women can generally lose weight by eating 1,200-1,500 calories.