Information on Weight Management
The weight epidemic costs countless individuals their health and wellness, resulting in a public-health crisis and spawning a several-billion-dollar weight-loss industry. Clearly, many people need to lose weight to preserve their health. Fortunately, they have a number of options for doing it safely and effectively.
It starts with a commitment to weight loss, complete with energetic bouts of exercise and thousands of calories burned. Finally, your weight goals are within reach! But then it’s wedding season and you decide to go on maintenance for awhile … just so you can enjoy that cake with a clear conscience. Before you know it, you start to gain weight again and you lose all of those health benefits you worked so hard for in the first place
Why is weight management vital to good health?
Research data have shown it time and again: Keeping our weight in check is vital to our overall health and wellness. Overweight people who lose weight—and those who maintain a healthy weight—may reduce their risk of developing many serious medical conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Certain types of cancer
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Respiratory problems
- Gallbladder disease
A balanced and health-promoting lifestyle, which should include moderate physical activity, a balanced and healthful diet, adequate sleep, and effective stress management, can improve these conditions, lead to weight loss, and improve one’s overall quality of life.
Because weight figures so prominently in our health, wellness, and overall quality of life, it’s critical that people do what it takes to manage it. The good news is that people who are overweight can gain significant health benefits by losing only 5 to 10 percent of their total weight.