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People who have determined that they need to lose weight often look to the marketplace for weight-loss aids or services. Products and services for weight loss include:

* Non-Prescription Drugs * Starch Blockers
* "Bulk Producers" or Fillers * Grapefruit Diet Pills
* Weight-Loss Clinics * Formula Diets
* Diet Plans * Body Wraps
* Electric Muscle Stimulators * Fad and Novelty Diets

With the many unsuccessful products promoted for weight loss, one may wonder what magic formula actually works for losing additional pounds. According to the American Dietetic Association and the Food and Drug Administration, the only demonstrated way to lose weight is to consistently eat fewer calories than your body needs and uses. One can lose weight by reducing energy intake (food), by increasing energy output (exercise) or preferable by a combination of both.

A sensible weight-loss program is one that results in a slow, steady loss of weight, about one to two pounds per week, to a proper level which the dieter can maintain permanently.

Overweight individuals often try to find their own way to reduce. For many, will power in cutting back food portions and increasing exercise is all that's needed, but still many fail. An appointment with a doctor BEFORE attempting weight loss will determine any underlying problems that may have contributed to an individual's weight problem. One bariatric physician (a physician who specializes in treatment of the overweight) stated that many overweight persons "lack knowledge on how to lose weight". Furthermore, "those who know what is necessary to lose weight, do not know how to put this information to practice". Finally, some have an "inability to modify (bad) eating behaviors (that contribute to the overweight problem) due to psychological problems". Patients should be closely monitored whatever combination of treatments are prescribed for weight-loss.

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