People must want to lower their risk for disease. They must choose to change their eating and exercise habits, but some support will certainly increase their success. There is no doubt that maintaining a healthy weight through adulthood is not easy, but prevention is much easier than losing a large amount of weight. Both can be achieved with the right guidance and support.
Rather than getting depressed about your weight, calculate your BMI instead. You may not be far off the healthy goal. Instead of setting a “dream weight”, set a goal is to get your BMI within the normal range.
If your BMI, or that of someone you love, is creeping toward the overweight range, now is the time to do something about it and seek some professional help:
- Seek the advice of a trained nutrition professional such as a registered dietitian (RD). An RD will help you decipher all the information out there. While most people know what it takes to lose weight (less calories in, more calories burned) doing it is a challenge, otherwise almost a third of the country would not be obese.
- Do something now. Obesity increases the risk of disease tremendously. Trust me diabetes and heart disease are not friendly diseases. They slowly debilitate or kill. Even if you need to lose forty pounds to get to that healthy BMI, losing ten or twenty pounds can really help. It will bring blood sugars down to normal range, and will reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, both additional risk factors for heart disease.
- Obesity also takes its toll on joints. Knee and hip replacements can be prevented if body weight is in the normal range. If you have a family history of arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, you really do want to take heed and lose weight if you need to.
- Seek the help of an RD to guide you to a new path of healthy living. Choose your RD like you would your doctor. Everyone has a personality, so find someone who you can easily work with and who you “click” with.