WEIGHT LOSS

You might be worried about your own weight or you might be worried about someone in your family. If you are overweight, it can affect your health and how you feel about yourself. Being overweight can cause you to develop some serious health problems. Losing just a small amount of weight can help you feel better and improve your health.

At worst, being overweight can lead to life-threatening conditions, but it can also cause pain, discomfort, and unhappiness in many other ways.

There are typically lots of reasons why you gain weight. The pressures of a busy life may be a contributing factor. Obviously, the kind of food you eat and how much of it you consume plays a key role in weight gain.How much physical activity is included in your lifestyle determines whether your weight stays the same or increases. Sometimes, you eat for emotional reasons when you are angry, bored, or stressed or perhaps, you snack as a quick fix.

Weight loss is all about how many calories you take in to your body and how much of the energy those calories are converted into your body uses. High-calorie convenience foods that are high in fat and sugar are becoming cheaper and widely available. In two income families, you often come home and cook something quick bypassing healthier raw ingredients for quicker processed foods. You probably eat out much more often than earlier generations did. Snacks and fast food are replacing regular meals. If you’re like most people, you drink more canned or bottled sugary drinks than water or milk. We’ve lost track of what the recommended portions of a healthy meal look like. Portion sizes are getting bigger.

As a society, we are also much less active than ever before. It’s easy to sit down for quite a lot of the day and move very little. Perhaps, you’re one of the many people who spend all day at work at their desk. Televisions, computers, cars and all the modern gadgets you use mean that most everyday activities require little movement and take little or no physical effort.  This means you burn fewer calories. Perhaps, you have changed jobs or retired; both could mean a drop in your activity level.

For many people, weight loss can be one of the greatest challenges they face. Some fail because they try to change everything in their life at once. But the best way to succeed is to start by making two or three realistic changes that you can stick to – then, over time, you’ll begin to see results. To lose weight, you need to take less energy into your body from food and drink than the amount of energy your body uses up during your daily activities. This may sound simple but actually doing it – day after day, for weeks or months for the rest of your life–needs planning and determination.

You don’t have to change everything you eat to lose weight. Healthy eating is the foundation of a weight loss diet. If you keep an eye on the amount of certain foods that you eat, you won’t have to cut out all of your favorites or little luxuries. If you cut out or reduce two or three things, you’ll be able to go on enjoying plentiful but healthy portions of others.

Healthy eating, leaving out the obvious extras, and controlling portions of some foods are all part of the strategy of eating to lose weight. Exercising and being active burns calories – so both can help you lose weight if you keep the calories you consume low. It is also important if you have lost weight and do not want it to creep back.

You can look for ways of increasing your activity which are realistic for your lifestyle. An everyday activity, like walking, may be the simplest way to increase your activity level. Adults should include physical activity in their lifestyle a minimum of five days a week. Thirty minutes of activity will improve your fitness and general health. If you increase that activity to at least 60 minutes, that level will help you lose weight and keep it off.

You may have to make some lifestyle changes to learn to eat for weight loss and to include more physical activity. In addition, you will need to take time to think about and plan how to change your habits.

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