Are you struggling to lose weight? You’re not alone. According to the CDC, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults older than 20 are either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix when it comes to healthy weight loss. Losing weight and keeping the weight off long term takes effort and commitment. Check out these three keys to healthy weight loss.
1. Healthy weight loss begins first with a healthy mindset.
How will dropping excess weight change your life? Will getting healthy give you more energy for your family or more self-confidence at work? Envision achieving your health goals and write them down. Calculate your BMI and set a realistic weight-loss target to lose no more than a half of a pound to two pounds a week. Stay determined to reach your goals with these tips.
2. Changing your eating habits is a process.
Extreme diet restriction is not a sustainable weight-loss strategy. Instead of cutting out too much too soon, start small with little changes. Swap fatty meats for lean meats. Buy fat-free or low-fat dairy products. If you’re going to order fast food, get something without the cheese. Each health-conscious trade you make will get you one step closer to your weight-loss goal. Check out these easy food swaps for a healthier diet.
3. When it comes to exercise, try everything twice.
Going to a new workout class can be intimidating. You may feel awkward or uncoordinated in front of a group of new people. It’s normal to feel this way. Don’t let first-time jitters sway you away from exercise. Try every new workout twice. Whether it’s a yoga class, cycling, hiking, swimming, or a weight class, give yourself a chance to get comfortable. Remember to get your doctor’s okay before beginning a new exercise regimen.
With a healthy mindset, a gradual change in eating habits, and an open mind about trying new exercises, healthy weight loss is possible. Stay positive and celebrate your successes along the way. Once you reach a healthy weight, focus on maintaining weight loss. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physicians are an extension of your team as you journey to a healthier lifestyle. Schedule an appointment to discuss how you can best reach your goals.
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