The weight loss industry can be full of myths. People are often advised to do all sorts of things, most of which have no scientific evidence behind them. As part of a recent exploration into the latest science of weight loss, TIME asked nine weight loss and obesity experts to share their best advice for those trying to lose weight. Here’s what they said.
Cut Out Soda
Sugary drinks provide “empty” calories and can contribute to belly fat. Talk to your ReShape® nutritional coach about any soda or fruit juices you consume, which may be keeping you from achieving your weight loss goals.
Don’t Focus on Calories
Pay attention to the quality of food you’re consuming instead of the calories you’re eating and burning. Again, your ReShape nutritional coach can help you with any and all your diet and exercise questions.
Keep It Basic
It’s simple: a healthy diet and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity will help you meet your ReShape weight loss goals.
Commit to Change
With the ReShape weight loss program, you’re making a commitment to change. The weight loss is just part of the story. The program gives you the tools to maintain a lifetime of good health, emphasizing nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Talk to family and friends about your ReShape weight loss goals and ask them to join you in your new, healthy lifestyle.
Learn what’s really in everything you eat, especially beverages, sweets, and other calorie-dense foods. Your ReShape nutritional coach can help you with this, too!
Make Friends with Moderation
Portion control is key. Try to adopt new habits, like eating on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate, to help cut down your portions.
Practicing portion control is one of the most difficult tasks facing anyone who is trying to lose weight. With ReShape, your weight loss journey starts with the intragastric dual weight loss balloon, which acts as built-in portion control. Inserted into your stomach endoscopically and without surgery, the balloon helps jump start your weight loss by taking up room in your stomach, so there’s less room for food. You can still eat healthy foods you enjoy but in smaller portions. In addition to the gastric balloon, you’ll also receive a year of comprehensive coaching to support your success, plus the tools and education you need to keep the weight off six months after the balloon is removed.
Now is the time to start learning how to eat better, make better food choices, and achieve all your weight loss goals. For more information on the ReShape dual gastric balloon and weight loss program, visit reshapeready.com.