Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Your chances of developing health problems are significantly increased if you are too overweight, or too thin.  Unfortunately, being overweight is common in the United States. And, it is linked with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and numerous other illnesses.

Being too thin, on the other hand, is a less common problem.  It’s typically associated with anorexia and has been linked to osteoporosis in women. Being too thin also increases the risk for early death in many people.

Recommendations from dietary guidelines suggest to eat in moderation; avoiding extremes in diet.  Eating too much or eating too little can both be harmful to your health.  So, be cautious of diets based on beliefs that a single food or supplement is the way to go when it comes to losing weight.

You can control your weight!

The best way to control weight is to follow healthy diet guidelines by eating foods that contain nutrients your body needs but are lower in calories, and to be physically active.

Don’t starve yourself.  This can leave you feeling deprived and increase the temptation to binge. Often, very-low-calorie diets can have the opposite effect and slow down weight loss. They also increase your chance of becoming malnourished due to the lack of a lot of important nutrients.  Most importantly, research shows that people who follow these very-low-calorie diets usually gain all their weight back.

People who lose weight slowly–by eating less, exercising more, and making permanent changes to their eating habits–tend to keep the weight off.

To your health,

CJ

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