All bodies are different, and the ideal weight for one person may be very different than the ideal weight for another—however reaching a healthy weight comes with many significant benefits.
Reaching a healthy weight can lower your risk for serious diseases, reduce back pain, make it easier to find clothes you like, boost your confidence, increase your energy levels, and improve your overall appearance. Use the following tips if you need help reaching or maintaining a healthy weight:
Practice Portion Control
If you want to lose weight, you have to use more calories than you consume—it is as simple, and as difficult as that. One of the easier ways to reduce your calorie intake is to practice portion control. Instead of upheaving your entire diet, eat the same things you always do, just eat a little less. Shaving off a few calories during meals and snacks will add up throughout the day. One way to make portion control easy is to get smaller plates and bowls. Most people tend to fill whatever space they have on their plates, so if you plates are smaller, you’ll likely end up eating less. Measuring out servings may also help you manage portions.
Find Ways To Be Active
For the best results, you should combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. Find things you like to do that are active. Don’t give up on exercise if you hate running—instead, try biking, swimming, weight lifting, yoga, boxing, hiking, walking, or racquetball. Pick something you love and keep doing it, or cycle through multiple activities to prevent boredom and burnout.
Make Smart Substitutions
Smart substitutions can help you use more calories during the day and consume fewer. Try a few of these substitutions:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Ride your bike to work instead of driving
- Drink water instead of soda
- Snack on carrots and almonds instead of chips
- Convert your desk to a standing desk so you don’t have to sit all day
- Go for a walk on your lunch break instead of sitting in the break room
- Cook meals at home instead of eating out
Find Out What Is Causing Weight Gain
It can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight if you don’t know what is causing weight gain. At Riverside Medical Arts, doctors will evaluate your thyroid and check for food allergies and intolerances. There are many different weight management systems available. Doctors will help you find a system that is suited to your specific needs. Schedule a consultation to learn more.