When Weight Impacts Health | NEJM VIDEO

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE – In this short video for patients and families from the New England Journal of Medicine, experts discuss the current understanding of obesity and explore the surgical and medical therapies for weight loss, with a focus on new, effective treatments.

Patients also share their experiences with bias and stigma and their reflections on living with obesity.


The New England Journal of Medicine is the world’s leading general medical journal. Continuously published for over 200 years, the Journal publishes peer-reviewed research along with interactive clinical content for physicians, educators, and the global medical community at https://NEJM.org.


Scientifically Supported Methods to Lose Weight

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Merve Ceylan, January 11, 2023

Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for health since being overweight or obese can lead to metabolic and heart diseases. Most people find it challenging to lose weight and then maintain it. Magical solutions were often searched first. The internet is full of popular diets promoting weight loss but are they effective? In this article, you’ll learn weight loss methods that scientific research supports.

Low calorie yet balanced nutrition

healthnews.com – A healthy and balanced diet lower in calories than your caloric needs is the most established healthy and long-term weight loss method. Therefore, a healthy eating plan with optimal calorie deficiency is a goal of hypocaloric yet balanced nutrition. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025, a healthy eating plan:

  • Includes fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, milk, and milk products.
  • Includes quality protein sources — lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Limits refined/added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats (saturated and trans fats).

Although calorie deficiency is needed for weight loss, do not over-cut calories unless your doctor recommends otherwise. Very low-calorie diets can do more harm than good. Fewer calories do not necessarily translate to greater weight loss. However, small gaps between your caloric intake and calorie needs should be enough to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week.

Very-low-calorie diets consist of 800 or fewer calories — when the average person needs 2000-2500 calories daily. Potential side effects of very-low-calorie diets include low energy levels, digestive problems, and dizziness.

Behavior and lifestyle modification

Habits are powerful. Behavior and lifestyle modifications aimed at adhering to practices that promote weight loss, including nutrition education, physical activity, and behavioral techniques such as self-monitoring.

Adapting physical activity

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity such as brisk walking, running, cycling, or swimming.

WHO also emphasizes the importance of doing muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. Physical activity helps promote lean body mass increasing your basal metabolic rate, which helps maintain a healthy weight long-term.

Benefits of physical activity help:

  • Maintain a healthy weight range
  • Increase and maintain lean body mass
  • Improve heart, lung, and skeletal health
  • Improve mood and self-esteem
  • Improve healthy blood glucose and lipid ranges
  • Scheduling meals

Scheduling meals may help limit emotional eating — out of boredom, for example … READ MORE. 

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