Thursday, January 24, 2013

Healthy Weight Week




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Weigh yourself no more than once a week
to avoid getting discouraged while on a diet.

How often have we told ourselves that we need to take off that extra ten pounds only to have a year go by, and then we are looking at taking off twenty pounds? 

Most of us have, more than once in our lives, tried to diet and jump on the next fad diet that hits the market.  Many of us have tried them all at one time or another and not had a lot of success at keeping off the weight. We are inundated with subliminal images of thin people every day on television as the media hypes the newest diet trend, just to sell their products!

Well, this week is Healthy Weight Week, and there's no time like the present to get started on a healthy new YOU! 
We all want to lose the weight quickly and hope for dramatic weight loss almost overnight. The facts show that those who follow a plan and lose 1 – 2  pounds per week will have far greater success in keeping the weight off. Your course should be slow and easy allowing your body to adjust to the changes it will go through in your quest to get healthier. Getting to that healthier you is not just a diet, it is a lifestyle change. You must examine your overall living habits and decide that you want to make changes. These changes don’t just involve the food that you are putting in your body. It also includes the amount of physical activity you engage in during the day. You will be surprised that even a slight increase in your activity level will help tremendously. Making the decision to lose weight, change your lifestyle, and become healthier is a big step to take. Start simply by making a commitment to yourself.
Two years ago, my husband and I started living healthier and we were successful with losing weight. We retired a few years before that, and retirement was agreeing with us, and it began to show, physically! We gradually added that dreaded 10, 20 and then 30 extra pounds. Something had to change if we were going to live that long healthy life we always dreamed of. We knew that there would be other health complications in addition to the discomfort of carrying around those extra pounds. We started our lifestyle changes in order to achieve a healthy weight. We needed to lower our cholesterol, blood pressure and avoid type II diabetes; all three of these illnesses are becoming epidemics in our country.

WHAT DO I DO NOW THAT I HAVE DECIDED TO LOOSE WEIGHT?
In order to lose weight you must decrease your daily caloric intake. One pound is equal to 3500 calories. Therefore, if you want to lose a pound per week, you must reduce your daily caloric intake by 500 calories.  Most of us are really not aware of EVERYTHING that we eat on a daily basis. The Internet is full of very helpful information to assist you when setting up your healthier you plan. WebMd has some good charts including calorie counters and a healthy portion chartThere are charts that will tell you just what your ideal weight should be for both men and women. It will help you establish your BMI (Body Mass Index) range for your body type and age. BMI measures your body fat content. 
The key to our success with reaching a healthier weight was keeping a journal of everything we ate each day. We charted it keeping track of several factors. We wrote down each food item along with the number of good and bad fats, sugars, fiber, cholesterol, proteins and calories. This required a lot more label reading on my part while shopping, but it helped me get to know just what I was buying. Keeping track became easier as time went on. This is just one way to start making a lifestyle change, WebMd has a great slide show with 22 diet tips to help you stay on track.

It also made me more aware of just what is in the food I am buying, and my buying habits changed drastically. We limited red meats and only ate leaner meats, like chicken and fish. We cut down on high calorie side dishes and increased the fiber dishes by adding more beans and brown rice dishes.
We started to lose weight slowly and after a couple of months the weight seemed to just fall off.  My husband's cholesterol levels fell along with a dramatic change in blood pressure. It has been almost two years now, we are still at our ideal weight, and we are much healthier overall. 
So even if the overall goal seems large, see it as a journey rather than just a final destination.You'll learn new eating and physical activity habits that will help you live a healthier lifestyle.These habits will  help you maintain your weight loss over time. You will feel great and look forward to a long, healthy life. Our whole outlook changed to a more positive view about ourselves. So get started now and don't put it off any longer! You will thank yourself many times over while you are enjoying all those extra years of a healthy, active life!


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Make a healthy lifestyle change for a
healthier new YOU.
SUCCESS FEELS GREAT!
Cindy Foley
Contributing Writer


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