Working with a health professional is one of the best ways to manage your weight. Medically-supervised weight loss programs are designed to help you quickly and safely lose weight and keep it off while taking your lifestyle and current health status into account.
Carrying too much weight has a detrimental impact on your health. From sleep apnea to type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity raises the risk for several chronic diseases, including some cancers, and shortens your lifespan.
Fortunately, you can take steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, and feel good while you do it. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some practical and easy to implement ways to get started managing your weight.
Cut back on processed foods
Sudden, radical changes to your diet are unlikely to work out long-term. That’s why it’s best to balance out your eating habits by cutting back on foods that carry excessive amounts of sugar, salt, and saturated fat. Processed packaged foods are the greatest source of extra calories, added sugar, sodium, and fat.
Cutting back on cookies, candy bars, French fries, potato chips, processed meats, and other processed packaged foods will go a long way in managing your weight. Preparing healthier versions of these foods is an excellent place to start cutting back.
Baked root vegetables make a good alternative to salt-laden potato chips. Homemade pizza with whole wheat dough, your favorite vegetables, and fresh mozzarella is a much better choice than the typical restaurant pizza.
Making better versions of these foods allows you to control the ingredients and prevents you from feeling deprived.
In today’s busy society, it’s easy to lose track of just how much you’re eating. Many people underestimate the calorie content of food and underestimate how many calories they’ve eaten in a day.
By being mindful, you can keep track of your eating habits and portion sizes. It’s best to avoid grazing throughout the day and instead have purposeful meals and snacks to fuel your day. Nibbling here and there throughout the day can add a significant number of calories by the end of the day. On the other hand, keeping track of what you eat is proven to help reduce how much you eat on a given day.
Today, mobile apps make it easier than ever to track your food, whether your goal is to track your nutrient intake, calories, or merely the servings and types of foods you’re eating.
Plan your meals
Meal planning is an easy and practical strategy associated with diet quality and better weight management. The goal is to plan out meals that you will eat for the next few days. Taking the time to give your meals thought allows you to make healthier and encourages at-home cooking.
When you’re caught up with work, school, family, and social priorities, having your meals for the day already planned and prepared removes an obstacle to healthier eating habits. This enables you to have nutritious meals ready to go when hunger strikes and reduces the risk that you’ll choose unhealthy options.
Rethink your drinks
Beverages can cause you to sip away your calories throughout the day without even realizing it. Some beverages, such as coffee drinks with syrups, milk, and other flavorings can add 300-500 calories to your daily intake.
If you also drink sodas or sugar-sweetened beverages, you could be adding 700 calories or more to your daily intake without realizing it. Plain tea with fresh lemon and seltzer with infused fruit are better choices that won’t saddle you with excess calories.
If you’re ready to slim down for good, our weight loss coach Karen Singh can provide guidance and support to help you reach your weight loss and health goals. To get started, contact our El Centro, California office at 760-208-1338 to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Karen Singh. You can also book online at your convenience.