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Weight loss

Weight loss: No real secrets to real results

Achieving that ideal weight can seem elusive. But if you focus on the basics, you'll find there's no secret to successful weight loss, says Peiyi Wang, MD, Allina Health clinics.

Food portion sizes

Portion sizes are important for staying a healthy weight. Use this chart to estimate your portions.

Diabetes and weight management

When you have diabetes, there are some important reasons to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Weight management for adults

Losing even a small amount of weight can lower your risk of health problems. You can eat a variety of foods and lose weight at the same time.

Weight management for children

Being overweight increases your child's risk of having health problems. You can help your child manage his or her weight.

Calculate your weight loss goal

Losing five to 10 percent of your total body weight over a period of six to 12 months may reduce one's chances of developing diabetes.

How much do you weigh now?

What percentage of body weight do you want to lose?

Over how many months do you want to lose the weight?

Pounds to lose:
Pounds per month:
Pounds per week:

Source: Allina Patient Education, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ahc-94403

Body mass index (BMI)

Ideal weight