Weight management relates to how to control your weight, issues faced by people who are overweight, engaging in physical activity to maintain a certain weight level for yourself, and nutritional information.
Weight loss can be achieved either by eating fewer calories or by burning more calories with physical activity, or preferably both.
A healthy weight loss program consists of: a reasonable, realistic weight loss goal; a reduced calorie, nutritionally-balanced eating plan; regular physical exercise to burn fat; and a behavior change plan, such as eating smaller meals, to help you stay on track with your goals.
People who are overweight and don’t exercise are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, or experience a stroke or certain types of cancer.
But even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits. According to scientific research, people who achieve a good body weight have more energy and less stress, feel better about themselves, look better in their clothes, and set a good example for their children and their friends.
To figure out whether or not a weight loss program is a good idea for you, check your Body Mass Index – a calculation of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women – with your doctor.
There are a variety of diets out there. A popular one is the Atkins diet, which consists of eating a very small amount of carbohydrates (sugars and grains) and focusing on eating foods with more protein. Another popular diet is the South Beach diet, which allows you to eat more “good” carbohydrates and emphasizes not eating “bad fats”. Information on these diets can be found online from a variety of websites. People should discuss these options with their doctor.
It is also a good idea to ask your doctor if you should have a referral to a Registered Dietitian, who can provide personalized dietary advice taking into consideration other health issues, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes.
Tips and a lot of other information on weight loss can be found at the site www.Nutrition.gov. For instance, healthy eating starts with healthy food shopping. The site includes a healthy foods shopping list based on the 2005 Department of Health and Human Services’ Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also teaches you how to read labels to find healthy ingredients and find out more about what you’re eating.
It’s a good idea when dieting to look for lower-calorie, lower-fat alternative foods.
In addition, there are many online tools that can help you determine the number of calories needed each day to maintain a healthy diet.