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How to Lose Weight Even If You Are Not Fat

author image Kiki Michelle
Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Kiki Michelle has been writing health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Environmental Science and Technology Magazine." Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University.
How to Lose Weight Even If You Are Not Fat
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Weight loss is a matter of balance. If you are not overweight or obese and you are trying to lose weight, it is important to assess how much weight is a healthy amount to lose. Medical professionals often use your body mass index, a formula based on your height and weight, to determine if you are at a healthy weight and what is a safe amount of weight to lose. According to the, individuals with a body mass index below 18.5 are underweight, individuals between 18.5 and 24.9 are of normal weight, individuals between 25 and 29.9 are overweight and those over 30 are obese.

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Step 1

Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes each day. Cardio workouts like running, jump roping, bicycling and kickboxing elevate the heart rate to a level which supports maximum calorie burning.

Step 2

Weight training further supports fat burning by building muscle. Muscle burns calories more efficiently thus allowing you to lose weight faster and at a more consistent rate. Lift weights for 30 minutes each day following cardio exercise.

Step 3

Monitor your caloric intake to make sure you are consuming less calories than you burn each day. Your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains while low in fat and cholesterol. Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages, sodas and drinks high in sugar.

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