For many patients, obtaining and keeping a healthy weight is a common goal. Due to different circumstances, such as genetics, the environment and our diet, achieving a healthy weight can sometimes be difficult to obtain. Through various health assessments, meal planning and coaching, you can reach your weight loss goals in no time! Learn how our 12 week comprehensive weight loss program works and how you can begin the journey back to physical health with this guide!
Why Is A Healthy Weight Important?
The ability for our bodies to perform their proper functions and daily activities is essential for us to live healthy lives. As we age, however, we are more prone to weight gain as we become less active and our metabolism declines. Many people struggle with their body weight, especially as they seek to lose weight. We hear it all the time on TV, social media and from our friends and family that it’s important to be a healthy weight, but why? Maintaining a healthy weight actually is important for our overall health and in preventing diseases and conditions associated with obesity or excessive weight gain. Overweight is when one has extra weight from bone, muscle, fat or water on the body while obesity is having a high amount of body fat. While it’s not always a bad thing to have extra pounds here and there, being overweight or obese can have serious health consequences. Your chances of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility and cancer increase exponentially if your weight is not maintained at a healthy level. Many of these conditions can be deadly if not treated and all of them can negatively affect your overall wellness, energy and happiness.
Activities That Cause Weight Gain
For many of us, it is easy to gain weight; for most, it’s quite difficult to lose it. If you are on a journey to lose weight, it’s important to be aware of the activities that contribute to weight gain. One of the most influential activities that we participate in daily is our diet. The foods and drinks we consume either help us maintain a healthy weight or cause us to gain weight. The quantity and quality of our food greatly impacts our ability to maintain a healthy weight. Our genes also influence how and where we gain weight in our bodies. Some people are genetically predisposed to gain weight easier than others, but even if your genes put you at a higher risk for being overweight or obese, it does not have to be your destiny. Watching what you eat and being physically active can decrease your chances of weight gain, even if your genes say otherwise. Physical inactivity is another important factor in whether or not you will be able to maintain a healthy weight. While obesity increases your likelihood for certain health conditions, like heart disease and some types of cancer, regular physical activity actually decreases your chances of developing these conditions. Lastly, the amount of sleep you get each night can affect weight gain/loss. Research shows that children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get sufficient rest. Sleep itself may not be the exact cause of your weight gain, but the fatigue that comes from not being rested enough can affect how often you exercise, change the hormones in your body that control appetite so you eat more and increase your likelihood of consuming more food since you are awake longer than usual. Luckily, most of these activities can be changed relatively quickly so that you can begin the process of losing weight in a healthy and satisfactory way.
Weight Loss Management Programs
As many begin the journey to living a healthier lifestyle, some can become discouraged. Many of the foods we love and enjoy are direct contributors to our weight gain and can be hard to let go of. One way you can begin is by following a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and water, or a diet recommended by your doctor or nutritionist. Increasing your amount of physical activity and decreasing inactive time will keep your body moving, which will help burn calories. Other alternatives to these recommendations include participating in weight loss programs that are overseen by a medical professional or group. Each person is different, and for this reason, it’s important that you receive a medical health screening to identify risk factors to correctly evaluate your health. Your visit for your health screening typically includes an overview of your medical history, physical exam and blood work, body composition readings, exercise recommendations, nutrition counseling, prescriptions for diet medications (if needed) and private weigh-ins. These screenings give your doctor an inside look at your health to create a treatment plan for you that will be best suited to your needs. Whether you’re young or old, there is no better time to start taking care of your health than now.
Scheduling Your Health Screening
At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we are dedicated to your overall health and wellness. Dr. Alessi and her talented staff are experienced in helping patients achieve their weight loss goals in natural and safe ways that are effective. To schedule your next health screening, call our office today at (970) 631-8286!