Weight loss patches are not a reliable way to lose weight. The most effective way to lose weight is by making lifestyle changes. These can help people reach realistic weight loss goals in small incremental steps.
If a person is likely to experience health benefits by losing weight, a doctor may recommend that they aim to reduce their starting weight by 10%. For example, a person with a weight of 200 pounds (lb) could try to lose 20 lb.
A safe and sustainable rate of weight loss is about 1–2 lb per week. Once the person reaches their initial goal, they may continue to try to lose weight, if they wish to or a doctor advises it.
Doctors recommend following a low calorie diet to aid weight loss. The number of calories that a person should consume every day depends on several factors, including their baseline weight, gender, age, and activity level. A doctor or nutritionist can help a person calculate the best total daily calorie intake and macronutrient breakdown for them.
Combining a low calorie diet with an exercise regimen can promote weight loss that may result in lower abdominal fat, which is a determinant of cardiovascular health.
These measures are not easy to implement every day, and some people may find behavioral therapy useful as they adjust to lifestyle changes. Having a strong and consistent support system may also help people who are trying to lose weight or maintain their weight loss.