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Apr 05

YOUR HEALTH (part 4 of 4)

Even modest weight loss can mean big benefits “The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars. In addition to improving your health, maintaining a weight loss is likely to improve your life in other ways. Studies have shown that people whom have successful weight loss have reported improvements in not only their physical health, but also their energy levels, physical mobility, general mood, and self-confidence.

Losing weight takes more than desire. It takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan. Are you really to get started? Do it the right way and commit to a medically supervised weight loss program. Contact us at 941-366-2194.

Step 1: Make a commitment.

Start simply by making a commitment to yourself. Many people find it helpful to commit to a formal program to ensure portion control and proper nutrition.  Writing down the reasons why you want to lose weight can also help. Post these reasons where they serve as a daily reminder of why you want to make this change.

Step 2: Take stock of where you are.

Consider talking to your health care provider. Ask for a follow-up appointment to monitor changes in your weight or any related health conditions.

Step 3: Set realistic goals.

Set some short-term goals and reward your efforts along the way. If your long-term goal is to lose 40 pounds and to control your high blood pressure, some short-term eating and physical activity goals might be to start eating breakfast, taking a 15 minute walk in the evenings, or having a salad or vegetable with supper.

Focus on two or three goals at a time. Great, effective goals are —

  • Specific
  • Realistic
  • Forgiving (less than perfect)

For example, “Exercise More” is not a specific goal. But if you say, “I will walk 15 minutes, 3 days a week for the first week,” you are setting a specific and realistic goal for the first week.

Remember, small changes every day can lead to big results in the long run. Also remember that realistic goals are achievable goals. By achieving your short-term goals day-by-day, you’ll feel good about your progress and be motivated to continue.

Step 4: Identify resources for information and support.

Find family members or friends who will support your weight loss efforts. Visiting your health care professional for guidance and support for your efforts.

Step 5: Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress.

Revisit the goals you set for yourself (in Step 3) and evaluate your progress regularly. Reset goals if you are unable to keep them. Then rewrite your new goals and plan accordingly.

Reward yourself for your successes! Recognize when you’re meeting your goals and be proud of your progress. Use non-food rewards, such as a bouquet of freshly picked flowers, a sports outing with friends, or a relaxing bath. Rewards help keep you motivated on the path to better health. Remember this ….dieting is a health-related matter and should be done with a good understanding of your current health condition.  Simply eating less is not the answer.”   Think about it ….what is more important than good health?  Do it right…talk to your physician and commit to a medically supervised weight loss program.

 

 

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