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What type of diet/workout plan would you recommend for women who are trying to lose weight? What actually works?

Basically, the best thing to do is to consume a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Decrease added fat and sugar, such as chips, candy, cookies and other high-fat, high-sugar snacks.

Make your calories count by choosing more nutrient-dense foods. Eat regular meals, and do not go too long without eating. Eating six small meals works well for some.

Reduce fast foods. Eating more at home can save calories, fat and money too! Keeping a food diary is a good way to help you stay on track.

One important key to any weight-loss plan or diet is making behavior and lifestyle changes. Exercise is key. Walk 3 to 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Exercise is especially important in maintaining the weight loss as well.

Watch portion sizes, too. Allow yourself some favorite foods on occasion, so you won't feel deprived. Just use moderation and portion size as your guide.

Focus on being healthier by eating a variety of foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. There are many health benefits to be gained by including healthier foods in your diet, and weight loss will likely be a result.

Include the exercise component as well. Even if it's 10 minutes a day starting out, it is still something. Those lifestyle and behavior changes are key to success.

Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

If you live outside the BJC HealthCare service area, you can find a nearby registered dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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