If you have resolved to work towards achieving a healthy weight, Healthy Weight Week – from January 18-24, 2016 – is the best time. This event is aimed at encouraging people to manage/prevent weight problems with a healthy lifestyle. If you are overweight, this is the ideal time to enroll in a weight loss program and switch to a nutritious diet.
This 21st annual celebration offers people of all sizes the opportunity to live actively, eat well, and feel good about themselves and others. The week encourages people to stop dieting and bingeing, and understand that health really isn’t about a number but about maintaining your natural weight supported by healthy living.
Stay in Control of Your Weight
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults and approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.
The other side of the picture is Americans who suffer from an eating disorder. According to research published in 2011, up to 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS at some time in their life. Though fad diets can promise fast results, it can limit your nutritional intake, and may tend to fail in the long run.
Each person’s body is unique and has different caloric needs. The primary cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.
Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health. Obesity can lead to conditions that include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. According to a recent study published in Cancer Research, there is a biological connection between obesity and colorectal cancer and people with obesity are at a 50% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than lean people.
Take Steps towards a Healthy Lifestyle
Established healthcare centers in Brooklyn, New York, offer weight management programs like auricular therapy that help people manage cravings and control compulsive eating. Supported by exercise sessions and a healthy diet, such physician-assisted programs help you maintain a healthy weight by burning calories, improving blood circulation, and building muscle tone. Before choosing a weight loss program:
- Talk to your doctor about safe and effective ways to control your weight
- Check whether you have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records
- Consider whether the program includes a maintenance plan to keep the weight off once you’ve lost weight
In addition to eating right, making small changes to your daily routine such as exercising regularly, drinking more water, and lowering stress will contribute to a healthier life and help manage your weight.