Lots of people avoid stepping on the bathroom scale every morning because they’re afraid of what they’ll see. So instead, they ignore the scale altogether and slowly and steadily gain weight. By some estimates, 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. That’s nearly three-quarters of men and 60% of women. The numbers don’t improve much for older adults either. According to the Health Policy Institute, almost one in four adults over the age of 51 is obese. Unfortunately, there are real health consequences that come with being overweight. So, during Healthy Weight Awareness Month, we want to offer a few healthy tips for maintaining a healthy weight.
Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Weight
In addition to helping you look and feel your best, maintaining a healthy weight offers several health benefits. They include:
- Reduced risk of a heart attack.
- Reduced risk of stroke.
- Less chance of developing some forms of cancer.
- Controlling Type II Diabetes.
- Ease joint and back pain.
- Increased energy levels.
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis.
While there are undeniable health benefits associated with maintaining a healthy weight, getting there isn’t always so easy.
How do You Determine Your Healthy Weight?
Physicians determine healthy body weight levels based on a figure called the Body Mass Index or BMI. To determine your BMI, divide your weight by your height in inches squared, then multiply that number by 703. Or, if that math sounds a little too intimidating, you can use this handy BMI calculator. A healthy weight range falls between a BMI of 18.5–24.9. A BMI between 25–29.9 is overweight, and anyone with a BMI over 30 is considered obese. If you need help calculating your BMI, consult your healthcare provider. Once you’ve determined your BMI, you’ll know where you stand and can start planning your next steps.
Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut for maintaining a healthy weight. Instead, it all comes down to your lifestyle. People who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet are more likely to have a normal BMI. If you’re overweight, here are a few tips you can use to help reduce your BMI.
- Don’t ignore the issue. Monitor your weight regularly using a bathroom scale.
- Make smart choices. Limit your consumption of foods with high sugar, fat, and calorie levels.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Increase your physical activity. Walk instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Commit to a regular exercise program. Find an exercise partner who can help keep you accountable.
If you’re overweight, obese, or have a normal BMI, maintaining a healthy weight is challenging. However, if you want to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible, it’s vital you stay committed. With that in mind, let’s do everything we can to support each other during Healthy Weight Awareness Month and beyond!
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