Harvard Heart Letter

Losing weight may require trial and error

No weight-loss approach works for every heart patient. If you have tried different diets and are diligent about exercise, but those extra pounds won't budge, you may not have found the right approach or combination of approaches for you. "Everything works for some people, but no treatment is equally effective for everyone," says Dr. Lee Kaplan, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. "No method is fundamentally better than any other. The key is finding out which therapy is best for you, and that takes trial and error," he says. When you are trying to lose weight, Dr. Kaplan advises you to take it one step at a time. "Try what feels good, don't despair, and don't give up.”
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