The Skinny on Healthy Weight
Each and every year, over 20 percent of those who choose to make a New Year’s resolution vow to once and for all lose weight in the new year. Studies have shown that over 72 percent will actively maintain this resolution through the first week; however, that number drastically drops off in the 40s after six months. But maintaining a healthy weight is not just something that should be thought of after all the holiday treats and beverages.
Your health and weight are connected. According to the Center for Disease Control, a body mass index in the range of obese or overweight may lead to a higher risk of several diseases and conditions. Body Mass Index is just one screening tool your health care provider may use to evaluate risk factors associated with your weight. Other factors may include a family history of heart disease, being a smoker, current dietary habits and blood pressure.
Even if your weight is in the healthy range, maintaining that weight can be just as important as losing a little. Most adults between the ages of 18-49 gain about a pound or two every year. Practicing simple healthy lifestyle habits may help prevent excess weight gain and help keep your weight manageable. These include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet. This doesn’t have to be the same old chicken and brown rice you always read about. Explore exotic fruits and vegetables. Experiment with different preparations to find those more satisfying options.
- Being physically active. Regular activity paired with the diet changes above may help your body use more energy and burn more calories. The CDC recommends working your way up to 75-150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity. But just like food, keep it interesting. Look up local classes and boot camps in your neighborhood or turn those necessary home improvement projects into your moderate exercise for the week.
- Getting enough sleep. If you didn’t get enough sleep, how do you expect to wake up for that spin class or go for a jog after work? Getting enough sleep may also help regulate hormones that control your appetite.
BayCare has a wide variety of services dedicated to weight management. By learning more about your health and the treatment options available, you will be able to make an informed, confident decision regarding the path of your health. For more information or a physician referral, call (855) 314-8350 or find a doctor near you.