Keeping You Healthy

Weight Management

 

How can I tell if I’m at a healthy weight?

One way to begin to determine whether your weight is a healthy one is to calculate your “body mass index” (BMI). For most people, BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness. It is calculated based on your height and weight.

Calculate your BMI: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

What is healthy weight loss?

It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.

How do you choose a healthy eating plan?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

How can I maintain an overall healthy weight?

To maintain an overall healthy weight requires a combination of good nutrition and physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control provides helpful information regarding how to increase and sustain physical activity over time for better overall health. Eating too much or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat.

What are the benefits from physical activity?

There are other benefits that you gain from physical activity: decreases pain, improves function, and delays disability. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity three to five days each week. You can get activity in 10-minute intervals.


 

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