Losing weight can be hard. But carrying extra weight puts us at a much higher risk for serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
5 Steps to Weight Loss and a Healthy Heart
According to the American Heart Association, people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. The term obesity is used to describe the health condition of anyone who is significantly above his or her ideal healthy weight.
Also according to the AHA, nearly 70% of American adults are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight puts us at a much higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
There are proven ways to lose weight and keep it off. According to the National Weight Control Registry, of adults who have successfully maintained their weight loss:
- 98% have modified their eating habits.
- 94% have increased their level of physical activity, especially walking.
- 78% eat a healthy breakfast every day.
- 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
- 62% watch less than 10 hours of television per week.
So you think you’re ready, but you’re not sure how to take that first step? It’s not as hard as you might think.
Here are 5 steps to starting your weight loss journey:
- Set realistic goals
- Understand how much and why you eat
- Manage portion sizes
- Make smart substitutions to reduce sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar
- Balance what you eat with physical activity
Discuss your weight loss goals with your primary care provider. To make an appointment with a primary care provider, call 906.228.9440 or use our online Find a Doctor tool to find a provider in your area.