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What's the best way to start a weight loss program?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Set sensible goals
Successful dieting requires that a person stick to a plan for months or years, so easier goals & small milestones are good.
He must be happy with the foods he gets to eat, so severe calorie restriction is usually unsuccessful. One can cut back on calories enough to lose 1-2 pounds a week, and he will be more likely to stay with that modest type of plan. One-two pounds a week is 50-100 pounds/year!

In brief: Set sensible goals
Successful dieting requires that a person stick to a plan for months or years, so easier goals & small milestones are good.
He must be happy with the foods he gets to eat, so severe calorie restriction is usually unsuccessful. One can cut back on calories enough to lose 1-2 pounds a week, and he will be more likely to stay with that modest type of plan. One-two pounds a week is 50-100 pounds/year!
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Agree, but also need to increase physical activity to increase spending calories. Activity also helps to increase muscle mass, at expense of fat mass, so one increases calorie spending at the same weight. Leaner heavier weight is generally better than flabbier lower weight.
Dr. Scott Mitchell
Agree, increased activity and increased lean muscle mass are essential to successfully losing weight but more importantly successfully keeping it off!
Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
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In brief: Mini Trampoline
Mini trampoline cost $35 in aldi stores.
It is a best workout right inside your home - jump either 20 minutes or 200 counts to maintain a routine. Build on this routine.

In brief: Mini Trampoline
Mini trampoline cost $35 in aldi stores.
It is a best workout right inside your home - jump either 20 minutes or 200 counts to maintain a routine. Build on this routine.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice
In brief: Weight loss program
Weight loss plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.
 have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, such as boost or glucerna for lunch and a low-fat dinner.  walk 6 miles or run 3 miles per week and do a muscle toning routine as shown here: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xuhyfx5l0pg&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

In brief: Weight loss program
Weight loss plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.
 have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, such as boost or glucerna for lunch and a low-fat dinner.  walk 6 miles or run 3 miles per week and do a muscle toning routine as shown here: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xuhyfx5l0pg&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
Dr. James Shoemaker
Dr. James Shoemaker
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