"As we maintain a healthy weight... the benefits abound."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that nearly a third of adults are obese—that number has nearly doubled in the last twenty years.
This obesity epidemic is affecting everyone – men, women and children. As we observe women’s healthy weight day on January 20, remember that you can take control of your life.
For many, obesity is more than just being over weight. It is about confidence, and self-esteem. These two things often disappear with obesity. Obesity also puts you at risk for several types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Studies also show that obese parents are more likely to have obese children.
As we maintain, or return to a healthy weight, the benefits abound. Smart lifestyle choices—such as a healthy diet and regular exercise—can curtail obesity-related risks, diseases and conditions. Confidence and self- esteem return, you can have more energy and it can even help you live longer.
Like anything else in life, having a plan is one of the best ways to make healthy lifestyle changes successfully. If you’re embarking on an exercise or weight-loss program, try establishing SMART goals, which should be:
Specific: If you want to lose weight, set a goal like shedding 15 pounds—or even five, rather than deciding to lose weight in general.
Measurable: Weigh yourself periodically to track your progress, or keep food and exercise logs.
Attainable: Aiming to lose a pound or two a week is reasonable. Trying to drop 10 pounds in one week isn’t. (And methods of losing weight that quickly aren’t good for you anyway.)
Realistic: Exercising for two hours every day probably won’t happen. But you can set a realistic goal of exercising for 20 minutes most days and go from there.
Timely: Set a date for meeting your goal, such as losing that 15 pounds in four months, which is just one pound per week.
If you still struggle to maintain a healthy weight, Bingham Memorial Hospital has weight-loss specialists and registered dieticians who can help you turn smart goals into habits that last a lifetime.
If you have any questions, or would like to set up a meeting with a weight-loss specialists or a registered dietician, call 785.3859.