Did you know . . .
Extra weight may be caused by a combination of poor eating habits and a lack of regular physical activity.
Losing weight can decrease your risk of certain diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer.
Even a small amount of weight loss can significantly improve your health.
Achieving a healthier weight can improve your overall sense of well-being.
Changing your eating habits is not easy,
success requires motivation . . .
Monitor how much food you eat and how much activity you do. Using a notebook to record eating and activity patterns can help you find areas to improve upon.
Organize your day. Spend time planning your meals and snacks so it is easier to make healthy choices and time for physical activity.
Think of your weight management efforts as a lifestyle change not as a diet.
Increase the physical activity in your day. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk with your neighbor, or get off the bus one stop ahead and walk the rest of the way.
Variety is essential to a healthy eating plan. Remember, all foods can fit if you choose wisely. Controlling the portions of your food servings is key.
Aim for realistic and reasonable goals. A weight loss goal of one to two pounds a week is reasonable and safe.
Take small steps in changing your eating habits. For example, during the first week, try low fat milk in the place of regular milk.
Efforts are more successful when you have the support of friends, family, and co-workers. Talk to them about your goals and let them know how they might help you.