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There seem to be a lot of problems associated with weight-loss supplements, but it’s tough losing weight without them. Any suggestions?

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Maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge, especially when trying to juggle the demands of active-duty service, deployments, family, and life in general. Add to that the abundance of unhealthy food choices that surround us, and sometimes it seems an impossible task! It can be tempting to turn to dietary supplements as a quick fix. Unfortunately, reliable evidence for the effectiveness of any over-the-counter weight-loss supplement ingredients is lacking, and some weight-loss products contain ingredients that are potentially problematic. HPRC cannot recommend specific dietary supplement products or ingredients, but we can provide you with resources to make an informed decision.

When it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, balance is the key—energy balance, that is. In other words, the amount of calories you eat each day must be equal to the amount of calories you burn (expend) to maintain your weight; to lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn (expend). It’s also important to eat a varied diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein, and low-fat dairy products. Learning to watch your portion sizes can really make a difference in your efforts to lose weight.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some great tips on how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. We also suggest you visit the Fighting Weight Strategies portion of our website where you will find joint-service and service-specific programs to assist you in maintaining overall health and body weight.

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