A Prescription or Gym Membership

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A Prescription or Gym Membership?
They say you can never be too rich or too skinny. The quest for a diet that will finally shed those pounds is a never ending battle for many people. There are many options when choosing a plan to lose weight. Taking a pill that will magically shed the weight versus hours in a gym and monitoring calories appeals to many people. If the traditional method of losing weight through diet and exercise does not produce results, a non-traditional method could be the answer. There are questions to ask before choosing a method. How much weight loss is needed to improve health? How quickly is the weight loss needed? What lifestyle changes are required? How much can I afford financially?
Weight loss occurs when the calories burned are greater than the calories ingested over a period of time. Two of the most common prescription or over-the-counter drugs are appetite suppressors and fat absorption inhibitors. There are also many natural herbs and supplements that claim to shed fat or increase metabolism. The natural way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. Limiting calories and increasing physical activity will cause a person to lose weight. Prescription drugs require doctor visits and are regulated by medical staff. Supplements can be purchased over-the-counter and are rarely approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Losing weight with diet and exercise on your own can be the least costly method. Taking a walk outside in a park is free. A minimal investment of some good tennis shoes may be all that is required. Switching your diet to all organic foods may cost more at the grocery store, but healthy food is usually readily available. An investment of time is needed to educate oneself on food pyramids and carefully reading food labels. Some doctors may prescribe weight loss medication for high risk patients. Some…...

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