Reaching a healthy weight can be a difficult topic. It’s not easy for everyone to talk about because there is a lot of stigma, judgment and frustration frequently surrounding the subject. Moreover, there is a lot of misunderstanding about what is involved in doing it right.
After all, reaching a healthy weight is not, as some would have us think, just a matter of starving ourselves and working out around the clock. In fact, that type of action is often more likely to do harm than good.
So when it all comes down to it, if you are interested in reaching a healthy weight, what sort of advice would a doctor want you to have? What would he or she tell you is a great way to manage your body weight in a healthy way that won’t allow it to come back?
The following are some of the most common recommendations made by doctors regarding healthy weight loss:
Choose the right goal weight
You may have a super-slim body in mind, but that’s likely not what your doctor is hoping for you. Instead, you’ll want to focus on getting into a healthy body weight that will reduce your risk of various medical conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some kinds of cancer. If you’re not sure what your healthy weight range is, ask your doctor. That answer is likely to be far more accurate than following advice you find online.
Don’t lose weight too quickly or slowly
You may want to get the “dieting” over with as quickly as possible, but most doctors recommend that the average person aims for 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss per week until the goal weight is reached. This can be achieved through healthy, portion controlled eating and regular fitness appropriate exercise.
Reduce your junk food intake
This doesn’t mean stop eating it entirely. If you feel deprived, your weight loss is more likely to fail. However, use it as a rare treat instead of a regular snack or even a part of your meals. Junk food includes everything that is high in calories but low in nutrition.
Upgrade your favorites
Focus on improving the nutrition factor in everything you’re eating. This is particularly easy with empty carbs. Just swap your old favs for whole grain alternatives. This will provide you with more fiber and nutrients for every calorie you eat.