Maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about dieting. It’s a lifestyle. There are simple things you can do each and every day to keep your weight at a healthy level and reduce your risk of weight-related diseases and health problems. Here are some ideas to keep you moving in the right direction:
- Get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 times per week*
- Limit saturated fats to no more than 7% of your total calories
- Enjoy a low-cholesterol diet with lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Limit consumption of red meat and sugary foods and drinks
- Avoid tobacco smoke and limit alcohol consumption
- Set small and manageable goals for weight loss
- Keep a close eye on portion sizes
- Balance your calorie consumption with your physical activity
Always remember, you’re not alone in your journey to wellness. If you have specific questions or want more information about how to get your BMI down, talk to your doctor or nutritionist for tips on getting and staying your healthiest. If you don’t know where to turn, come see if CenterWell Senior Primary Care is right for you.
*Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “Physical Activity Guidelines: Older Adults,” November 2015, http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/older-adults.aspx.
This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed professional. You should consult with an applicable licensed professional to determine what is right for you.