Do you gauge whether you are putting on weight by whether your clothes are too tight or whether you can loosen your belt a notch or two? People come in all shapes and sizes and a healthy weight differs based upon body type and height.
Carrying too much body fat, especially around the midsection, increases your risk of a host of health problems including:
- coronary heart disease
- high blood pressure
- high blood cholesterol
- gall bladder disease
- joint problems e.g. gout, arthritis and joint pain
- sleep problems, for example: sleep apnea
- certain types of cancer
If you are already overweight, the prospect of trying to lose the pounds is daunting. So many of us give up after only a few months of efforts to lose weight, and the temptation to pop diet pills is hard to resist. Follow these tips to get you on the right track:
- Healthy weight loss takes months and sometimes over a year.
- Changes in your eating habits and physical activities are for your long-term health, not simply to shed the excess weight.
- Make changes that suit your life and needs, not what suits someone else.
- Don’t be put off by slow or intermittent progress. You may lose weight one week and not the next.
- Losing weight the healthy way is paramount. Diet pills, skipping meals, especially breakfast, or deciding to run a marathon when you have trouble running around the block will only impede your progress and sap your confidence.
- Put away the scales. Early efforts at weight loss fluctuate. Try not to weigh yourself more than once a week.
- Small amounts of weight loss, or halting further weight gain, will have a big impact on your overall health.
- Seek advice and guidance from your doctor.
Reducing your weight by just 10 percent can decrease your blood pressure, lower your blood cholesterol level, and reduce your risk of diabetes.
Remember, small steps add up to miles. Be patient with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day either!