Some people have no trouble with weight control, but the other two-thirds of Americans are overweight.
Obviously, it’s not always easy to get to a healthy weight – and then to maintain it, but it’s possible by taking the right steps.
1. Eat a balanced diet
Don’t follow fad diets.
Your body needs fat and good carbohydrates. Cutting out one or the other completely isn’t ideal for optimum health.
Your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy and healthy fats.
2. Be aware of calorie consumption
No matter what diet or eating plan you choose to follow, calories count. Whether the calories come from carbs, fats or any other source, a calorie is a calorie.
When you’re trying to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume.
Know how many calories you need and stay within those limits to shed pounds or maintain your current weight.
3. Don’t skip breakfast
It really is the most important meal of the day. Eating in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and gives you the energy to begin your day on the right foot.
WHAT you eat is important, too.
Unfortunately, donuts and other delightful pastries may give you a big rush initially, but you’ll soon crash and feel sluggish and sleepy – plus, they won’t help you reach your weight and overall fitness goals.
Stick with lean proteins and whole grains for sustainable energy.
Don’t forget to get some fruits and veggies in for your morning meal, too.
4. Monitor yourself
Weigh yourself on a regular basis. That could be once a week or once a month, as long as you’re aware of where your weight is headed.
Many people find that keeping a food diary helps them stay on top of their eating and not over-indulge. Get a dedicated notebook to record what you eat, when and how much. You can record your physical activity here, too.
If writing things down isn’t your thing, there are many apps that can help you monitor calories, exercise, drinking water and many other healthy habits.
5. Get moving
Physical activity plays a big role in your health.
Walking is a great way to get some exercise and you can adjust your speed and intensity to get the workout you want.
Planned exercise is great – and necessary – but you should also find other ways to add more movement into your day for successful weight control.
For example, park at the back of parking lots when you’re out and about so you get some extra steps in. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take the long way when you’re working around the house.
Find creative ways to make movement a regular part of your day.
Weight control is within reach
Anyone who struggles with losing pounds or maintaining their weight will tell you it’s not an easy task.
But, you want to live as long as possible – and have fun doing it, so living right is a must.
Eating a balanced diet, being aware of the calories you’re consuming, starting your day off with healthy nourishment, keeping an eye on your weight, and physical activity all work together to help you shed pounds and feel great.
Another piece of the weight control puzzle is having the right health care coverage.
UROne Benefits can help you create a tailored plan to reach your goals.