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Vegetable diet nutrition and medication concept. Nutritionist ofWeight loss is a major issue throughout America, with most of the country reported as obese. More Americans struggle with information overload on how to combat obesity and health issues as weight loss solutions and healthy weight maintenance information keep surfacing. While it’s great to have more options for such a big issue, all of the different information can be really confusing and overwhelming. It’s hard to know what diet to follow and what your medical options are. Here is the skinny of what you need to know.

What is the best diet?

Diet is arguably the most important piece of the weight-loss puzzle. Most looking to lose weight have participated in some sort of diet at some point in their life. There has been a major increase in diet culture over the years, which often capitalized on the obesity issue in America, rather than helping to solve it. In general, fad diets should be avoided. It can be tempting to try the latest trending diet in hopes of finally hitting your goal weight, but oftentimes fad diets will provide fleeting results, or can even be dangerous and detrimental to your physical and mental health.

Diets shouldn’t be a temporary commitment to reach a certain weight or size. Rather, they should be a lifestyle change that is sustainable and can be maintained permanently. A great lifestyle-friendly diet is the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes, plenty of fruits and vegetables, legumes, healthy fats (such as olive oil), lean proteins, nuts and whole grains. As you can see, this diet outlines what to eat, not what to restrict or avoid. No matter what you call it, research shows that eating natural, minimally-processed foods, plenty of fresh produce, lean proteins and healthy fats can help to achieve a healthy weight.

What else can I do to achieve weight loss?

In addition to creating a sustainable, healthy diet that works for you, you can also focus on getting plenty of exercise every day. Staying active can be as simple as taking a walk, or can be achieved through intramural sports leagues, working out in a gym, taking fitness classes and more! Again, focus on sustainable activities; something you can do several days out of the week as a healthy lifestyle choice.

Apex Health also offers a safe and effective weight loss solution in the Venus Bliss Non-Invasive Lipolysis Machine. This treatment works to reduce fat in the abdomen and flanks by employing diode laser applicators to reduce fat via lipolysis, resulting in a smoother abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. This body sculpting service is a great option in addition to making healthy lifestyle choices in diet and exercise and is completely safe to use.

Talk to your Apex Health physician for more information on weight loss solutions and for additional info on Venus Bliss.