What is a Safe Weight Loss Plan?
Often the MFC staff is asked “what is a safe weight loss plan?” One to two pounds is a safe amount of weight loss each week. This can be accomplished by reducing one’s daily caloric intake by 250 to 500 calories and by burning 250 to 500 calories a day through exercise. Research has shown us that repeated fad diets do not work; whereas, eating a heart healthy diet and exercising regularly does produce long-term results.
Here are some basic rules to follow:
- In order to maintain weight, an individual needs to balance caloric intake and caloric expenditure.
- Be more active. Buy and use a pedometer. Strive to accumulate at least 10,000 steps a day, or more to help with weight loss.
- To maintain weight loss, an adult needs to perform moderate intensity exercise for 60 to 90 minutes a day. And remember, 30 to 60 minutes of this exercise time should be through aerobic activity, such as walking, jogging, swimming, etc.
- To reduce the risk of chronic disease, an adult needs to perform moderate intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day.
- To reduce risk of weight gain, an adult needs to perform moderate to vigorous intensity exercise for 60 minutes a day, as well as maintain caloric intake.
- Limit intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, salt, and alcohol (less than 10% of daily fat intake).
- Eat 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily (based on a 2000 calorie diet).
- Eat 3 servings of whole grains daily.
- Consume 3 cups of low fat milk daily (or equivalent).
- Daily fat intake should be no more than 20 to 35% of daily caloric intake.
- Consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily.
- Eat lean, low fat (or fat-free) meat, poultry, dry beans, and milk products.
- Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (one teaspoon of salt) of sodium daily.
- Increase fruits and vegetables with potassium.
- Limit alcoholic beverages (less than 1 for a female and less than 2 for a male daily).
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