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If you are overweight or obese, you can improve your health by losing just 10–20 pounds. Find out how to get started by clicking on the links below:

Watch Your Weight
If you need to lose weight, do it slowly over time. Try losing 1–2 pounds per week.

Get Active
Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity a week. Do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time. In addition, do strengthening activities (like sit-ups or lifting weights) 2 days a week.

Eat Healthy
Choose healthy foods and eat smaller portions.

If you or a loved one is planning to lose weight, here are some questions to ask your doctor:

  • What is a healthy weight for me?
  • How does my weight affect my health?
  • Am I overweight because I have a medical problem?
  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?

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