Maintaining a healthy weight is a serious struggle for a majority of people, and obesity is quickly becoming a top health problem in the U.S.
Everyone knows about the many serious health problems that have been associated with being overweight, including diabetes, joint problems, stroke, heart disease and high cholesterol among others.
Good news is it’s possible to ward off many of these serious medical problems simply by maintaining a healthy weight.
The foundation of good health
Exercise and eating right are absolutely vital parts of any plan to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
However, without making significant and permanent changes to your lifestyle, you will be doomed to follow one fad diet after another, losing lots of weight only to gain it back and then some.
This type of yoyo dieting has been found to be even more dangerous than being overweight, and it can lead to a number of serious health problems of its own.
The best diet plan is one that you will be able to follow for the rest of your life. If you are not able to keep to your diet plan over the long term, you will not be able to succeed.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, it is often better to make a series of small changes, rather than try to make a radical change in your life.
For instance, instead of going from being a couch potato to running 10 miles a day, try instead to start by taking a walk three times a week.
The importance of exercise
Regular exercise will help you build muscle while losing fat, and this extra muscle tissue will also help you lose additional weight.
An exercise program does not need to be overly strenuous in order to be effective. As we have said, the simple process of taking a walk several times a week can work wonders for anyone.
Eating a well balanced diet is the other part of the process of maintaining a healthy weight.
It is important, however, to follow a healthy diet that you can stick with the rest of your life.
But it’s also important to give yourself the occasional treat, as this moderation will help you to avoid the cravings that can destroy your diet and keep you from maintaining a healthy weight.
Dr. Snyder is an American College of Surgeons, board-certified, general surgeon in Denver, CO. Dr. Snyder and the experienced team at The Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery are ready to help you take that next step on your weight loss journey. Give us a call today!