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Some purveyors of diets claim that their product contains a ‘magic formula’ to help you lose weight without any need to diet or exercise. These claims appeal to a desire for easy answers to difficult problems. The only ‘magic formula’ for weight loss with significant scientific backing is a balanced diet and exercise regime that results in a person expending more energy than is consumed. A high carbohydrate, low fat diet, and an exercise regime such as the one below, should help most people lose fat and stay healthy.

The actual calorific intake should be individually determined, but (unless medically supervised) should not be less than 1000 Calories per day. For those who are overweight, the aim should be to lose no more than 1 kg (2 lb) per week. Do not forget to include fruit and vegetables in the calorie count. See also advertisements.

• carbohydrates (mainly complex)

50% of calories consumed

• protein (lean)


• fat (mainly unsaturates)

< 35%

• water

equivalent of eight glasses per day

• vitamins and minerals

five or more servings of fruit and vegetable per day

• exercise (e.g. brisk walking)

30 minutes/session, four to five times per week

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