Living a healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss is more than worrying about a “diet”. Making small changes to your lifestyle can dramatically improve your health such as:
- Changing your eating habits
- Exercising at least 30 minutes a day
- Drinking water and avoiding sugary drinks such as soda, juice, energy drinks, and sports drink
Changing your eating habits can make the biggest impact on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. When choosing your breakfast, lunch, or dinner remember to fill your plate with dark, leafy greens, oranges and tomatoes – all are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals.
Use USDA’s MyPlate Plan to help you identify how much to eat from each of the different food groups while staying in your recommended calorie allowance. If you’re a diabetic, try using the Diabetic Plate Method to see the recommended food groups for you.
Most people overlook the drinks they have when reducing their calorie intake. You will find that the drinks you consume have a considerable amount of calories and sugar. Those who drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and much more. Switch out the soda for low-calorie drinks such as plain sparkling water or skip the soda and drink water!
To learn more on how to choose healthier foods, sign up for our nutrition class offered to our patients at no cost!
Exercise has more benefits than just maintaining a healthy weight, getting physical activity can help:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
Getting started can be as easy as taking a brisk 30 minute walk every day! Look for opportunities to reduce your sedentary time.
*For free workout videos, go visit Blogilates, MrandMrsMuscle, POPSUGAR Fitness, and Senior Fitness With Meredith.
*You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.