Weight wellness means different things to different people. Whether it be reaching a healthy goal weight through diet and exercise, gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy, or maintaining a healthy weight throughout all the LifeStages of each woman.
As we continue to navigate our responsibilities and lifestyle changes needed regarding COVID-19, it’s easy to lose track of some of our other health and wellness needs. To help renew a sense of priority or perhaps one of opportunity, we’d like to suggest some ways to address weight loss from home and offer additional help through our virtual televisits.
Maintaining a healthy weight is so much more than a New Year’s Resolution. Healthy weight loss is tied to so many benefits and health improvements that it’s a wonder that it’s as easy to overlook as it is. Don’t wait until next month, next season, or next year to begin taking your health seriously and learning how to manage a healthy weight.
How to determine if you’re overweight
The most common way to determine if you’re overweight is by using Body Mass Index (BMI) as a screening test. This divides your weight by your height to indicate body fat. If your BMI is less than 18.5, then you are within the underweight range. A BMI of 18.5 to 25 is normal. A BMI ranging from 25 to 30 signifies you are overweight and a BMI that is 30 or higher indicates obesity.
If you’re curious about your current BMI, you can use this simple BMI calculator. However, this should be used only as a screening tool. A diagnostic of your body fat and overall health can only be determined after an evaluation from your doctor.
Typically, when you consume more calories than your body metabolizes, you will gain weight because your body will store that extra energy as fat. This leads us to understand that diet and physical activity play the biggest role in obesity. A sedentary lifestyle prevents your body from burning the extra calories. Some form of exercise for at least 20 minutes 3-4 days a week is a great place to start if you need to develop a habit of physical activity.
Additionally, those who consume a diet that is high in carbohydrates are more inclined to gain weight because carbs raise your blood glucose levels which stimulates an insulin release. Insulin encourages fat tissue to grow. Simple carbohydrates like sugar, fructose, desserts, soft drinks, beer, and wine seem to cause more problems than complex carbs such as brown rice, pasta, raw fruits, and vegetables. Fried food, fast food, and sweets also have high-fat content. Eating too much of these kinds of foods can lead to weight gain.
How to take steps to begin a weight loss regimen
First, find something you enjoy doing and take a friend with you! Getting more physical activity and eating less simple carbs and sugars can dramatically affect your weight and help you lose any additional fat your body may be storing.
In some cases, weight is difficult to lose as a result of genetics. If one or both of your parents are obese, it’s likely to affect you. This may be linked to a leptin deficiency. Leptin is a hormone produced in both fat cells and the placenta. Leptin signals to your brain to eat less when your fat stores are high. When your body cannot produce enough leptin, or if leptin cannot effectively tell your brain to eat less, your control over caloric intake is lost and obesity is likely.
When to consider a televisit with The Woman’s Clinic
Managing your weight is not just about looking a certain way or wearing a certain size, it is about overall physical, mental, and emotional wellness. When you take care of your body by maintaining a healthy weight, you may be preventing a battle with cancer and disease and prolonging your life.
As one of the most effective weight loss programs available, The Woman’s Clinic has been working with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss program to help you achieve your weight loss goals. The program includes a consultation with our staff dietitian and a unique plan for each individual.
Don’t wait any longer to begin taking care of your overall health and reaching a healthy weight. If you have concerns or want a strategic plan for losing weight, schedule an appointment with The Woman’s Clinic today.