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Starting With Small Changes

Want to lose weight and really keep it off? Learn the difference between a short-term diet and a long-term lifestyle change

About sustainable weight-loss

We will discuss eating a healthy and balanced diet throughout these articles. Now is the time to begin a new approach to weight management. Start by eating sensible meals regularly throughout the day, including breakfast. You could try cutting your portion sizes down and increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

The word diet makes you think of not being allowed to eat and feeling hungry. Most of all, it is thought of as something that you start and stop.

This kind of thinking is a big problem. Habits cannot be changed only while a person is on a diet, only to revert when the diet ends. This approach creates a temporary fix for a long-term problem.

Q and Me can help you achieve a lasting solution. Instead of a quick, temporary fix, it may require a lasting lifestyle change. This can include taking Qsymia®, starting new habits, and working hard to make them part of your daily life. Most people who struggle with weight have a long-term problem, an issue needing attention over a long time.

The difference between a diet and a lifestyle change

Let’s talk about the difference between going on a diet and changing your lifestyle. A diet has a start date and an end date. No one can be on a diet his or her entire life. You may look forward to getting off your diet so you can treat yourself.

A lifestyle change is long term. A lifestyle change may begin with having a goal, then making changes you can live with for a long time, maybe even the rest of your life. By talking with your healthcare provider and deciding that Qsymia was the right medicine for you, you have already taken an important step toward making lasting changes. As you go through Q and Me, you will learn key skills that can help you succeed.

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