From the Experts: Practical Weight Loss Tips for 2017

American Board of Obesity Medicine docs stress the importance of
eating right, sleeping tight, and working on that New Year’s resolution
when the time is right

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Diets–The New Year is a great time for a healthy, new start. But putting too
much pressure on yourself to lose weight might not be the best way to
start things off. That’s according to the American
Board of Obesity Medicine
(ABOM), which certifies doctors in the
field of obesity medicine.

Topping the list of this year’s weight loss tips is the suggestion to
enjoy the New Year with family and friends and get your life in order –
before pouring on the pressure to lose weight and get in shape. Here are
ABOM’s 2017 practical weight loss tips:

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1. Make a Q2 Resolution

Consider pushing back your New Year’s resolution a few months. Many of
us are already energized with the New Year, making healthy behavior
changes more likely to happen naturally in Q1 (January, February and
March). But for most, this energy dissipates by March or April, and many
New Year’s resolutions are long gone. Consider rolling with your
new-found, new-year energy now, enjoy the time with family and friends,
get new projects underway or out of the way, and then make a “Q2
resolution” in April or May, when otherwise you’d be fading.

2. Plan 30 Minutes of Activity Each Day

The rest of the day is all yours! Purposeful movement should be on your
calendar each day. If you don’t move it, you lose it (muscle tone);
exercise is vital for long-term weight management. If you can handle
moderate to vigorous exercise, that’s even better! This is especially
important when fighting the tendency to regain weight after significant
weight loss.

3. Get Seven to Eight Hours of Sleep Each Night

Going to bed and waking up at about the same time each day makes it
easier to get your body into a sleep pattern. It also keeps stress
hormones, such as cortisol, low and under control, and a good night’s
sleep leaves you refreshed and ready for the next day.

4. Eat Protein and Veggies First at Every Meal

Studies show that starting each meal this way makes you feel fuller,
longer. And having healthy protein for breakfast – think eggs or egg
whites, nuts, low-fat dairy products and soy products – will energize
the body and reduce your appetite throughout the day. Don’t start meals
with bread or other carbohydrates, which can act as empty calories that
don’t fill you up. If you must have them, wait until the end of the meal.

5. Aim for Daily Consistency

Many patients follow a weight-loss program quite well during the week,
but struggle during unstructured time on the weekends. Strive for daily
consistency, not necessarily perfection, as you move toward your goal.

If all else fails, see a board-certified Obesity Medicine doctor. A
physician certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine has
undergone the training required to better care for patients struggling
with weight and obesity issues. This designation represents the highest
level of achievement in the field of obesity medicine, and it ensures
they have the knowledge and skills needed to treat the most prevalent
chronic disease in America today.

About the American Board of Obesity Medicine

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and
the field of obesity medicine through the examination and certification
of candidate physicians who seek recognition of their accomplishments
and knowledge in obesity medicine. Physicians who complete the
certification process
are designated Diplomates of the
American Board of Obesity Medicine. To find an ABOM-certified obesity
medicine physician, search our
of Diplomates
. For more information about how ABOM
certification can benefit you or your practice, visit,
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