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Office on Women´s Healthhttps://www.womenshealth.gov
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OWH coordinates women's health efforts across HHS and addresses critical women's health issues by informing and advancing policies, educating health care professionals and consumers, and supporting innovative programs.

What is the best way to lose weight?

Many women will need to eat and drink fewer calories and consume the right amount of food to lose weight. Increasing exercise or physical activity can help with weight loss, but choosing healthy foods (lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits) works best for many people to achieve a healthy weight. The ideal is to combine a healthy diet with more physical activity. Talk to your doctor or nurse before starting a weight loss program. He can work with you to find the best way for you to lose weight.

Your environment and other parts of your life can make it difficult to lose weight. Perhaps you can take other steps, such as talking to your doctor about the medications you take that can make you gain weight, how to sleep better, or how to cope with stress, which can also help you lose weight.

Do women lose weight differently than men?
Yes and no. Men lose weight faster than women. However, over time, weight loss is often balanced between men and women.

Men lose weight faster because they tend to have more muscle, while women have more fat. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, men can burn more calories at rest than women.

Since, on average, men are taller than women and have more muscle, they tend to eat more calories and lose more weight, compared to women. Portion control is very important for women. In one study, women who ate smaller portions of food (and less food overall) had a lower BMI than women who limited or avoided certain types of foods. This approach tends to work better in women than in men.

How quickly should I try to lose weight?
It can be tempting to go on an “intensive” diet and lose a lot of pounds right away. However, women who lose weight gradually are more likely to keep it off. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your goals. Your doctor or nurse can help you develop a healthy eating and physical activity plan.

I have lost weight but have stagnated. How do I keep losing weight?
After losing weight for six months with an average of up to 1 pounds per week, most people stagnate, or their weight does not continue to decrease. Once you lose weight, your resting metabolism slows (how many calories you lose while resting). With a lower weight, your body needs fewer calories to sustain itself.

Many people can lose 10% of their original body weight in about six months. If you want to continue losing weight, you may need to adjust the number of calories you consume per day and your level of physical activity.

However, if you eat healthy foods and get regular physical activity, but are still struggling with weight, you may want to speak with a doctor who specializes in obesity or weight management . It can also be challenging to maintain the weight you have lost.

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