By Mark Hyman, MD

Everyone is looking for quick, easy ways to shed those extra pounds around the middle, and the weight loss market is often too willing to oblige with endless fad diets and weight loss gimmicks. Often these work for a short time, but they usually fail in the long run, and more often than not, those who try them gain back everything they’ve lost and more.

Being skinny doesn’t necessarily equate with being healthy. Reaching your optimum weight is an important part of getting healthy, but it should occur as an outcome of a sustainable healthy lifestyle NOT as the outcome of the relentless desire to fit into your summer bikini.

That said, there are ways to get lose weight and get healthy that are simple, cost effective and easy to implement in your daily schedule. Here are my top 7 tips to lose weight and improve your health quickly.

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