Let’s start by acknowledging something that everyone knows, even if they are unwilling to accept it: there is no magic pill for weight loss or maintaining your weight.
It goes without saying that maintaining a healthy weight significantly reduces your chances of getting many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits such as improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars.
There is one way to successful, long-term weight management and it’s the one that no one wants to hear. Lifestyle changes.
It’s a very simple formula:
Calories In < Calories Out
The amount of calories you take in needs to be less than the calories you expend.
Your weight is controlled by the number of calories you eat and drink versus the number of calories you use during your activities each day. There are some medications that cause weight gain including drugs that treat diabetes, depression, seizures, and migraines, among others. You should speak to your physician to understand if medications you are taking could contribute to weight gain.
Generally, the secret to success is healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Slow and steady wins the race.
So where do you start?
Small incremental, permanent changes can help.
- Set a goal to walk 30 minutes 3 times a week and stick to it
- Get enough sleep
- Keep a food diary
- Have a salad or vegetable with your meals
Changing your lifestyle may not be easy, and it takes commitment, but adopting healthy habits that you don’t give up after a few weeks or months may help you maintain your weight loss.
And most importantly, forgive yourself if you are less than perfect on any given day, and then get back to your new healthy habits.
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