Controlling Your Weight

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults suffer from obesity. Most Americans struggle with their weight but are not doing anything about it. If you do not properly manage your weight you will be at a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and many other health issues. Let's start making lifestyle changes and eat a healthy diet and get the right exercise. Both of these are so important and go hand and hand with each other. If you exercise, but don't eat healthy foods you are not likely to see results and vice versa. 

The first thing you should do is to set goals. Make them realistic and doable. You do not want to aim for losing 5 pounds each week. Start smaller, and then you will be able to sustain the weight loss over time. I also recommend taking everything you eat during one day and put it all in a bag. By the end of the day, you will be able to see what you are eating and realize that you aren't getting the right nutrients you need. Try to clean out your cabinet as well and get rid of any foods that are unhealthy so you are not tempted to eat them. Stay away from fatty foods and ones with a lot of sugar and salt. Start by using a food journal and track what you eat each day. Planning your meals the weekend before is something that is fun and can be done with family members! With exercise, start slowly and increase the intensity over time. Common chores around the house and walking is where you could start. Just to make sure you are moving. Exercising has amazing benefits and can decrease your risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

Once you start seeing results it is important to continue doing what you have been. If you stop, you will most likely lose all the progress you have made. Instead of thinking of it as a chore, make it fun, as you are increasing your quality of life and overall well-being! 

Source: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

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