Weight Management: for the health of it!
Do you feel the absolute best you could feel? Many of us don’t, but that’s not to say that we can’t. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, achieving a healthy weight is an important step in promoting heart and brain health. With almost 47% of Canadian women being overweight or obese***, it’s safe to say that weight management is an issue that many of us struggle with. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
TAKE BABY STEPS
The Canadian Diabetes Association says that healthy eating and physical activity are the key lifestyle factors in managing weight. Developing or sustaining these habits can seem challenging, but managing your weight doesn’t have to mean altering your lifestyle drastically.
Slow & Steady. A small, steady weight loss of one or two pounds a week is much easier to attain and healthier for your heart than a larger drop. *
Drink Up. Drinking lots of water throughout the day is a simple, easily adopted habit that can kickstart your journey to health. *
Stay Motivated. According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes approximately 66 days before a new behaviour becomes automatic. So even if you can’t give it your all every day, doing something is better than nothing. Consistency over quality.
No one’s body chemistry is identical, so no one’s eating plan should be. But even though eating “right” is different for everyone, there are some habits that can help everyone. These quick and easy to follow tips can help us all to achieve our health goals.
Start Right. Make sure to eat breakfast. It sets the tone for the whole day and it’s an important factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Slow Down. Eating slowly aids in digestion and makes you feel fuller faster. * So why not take the time to savour?
Sack Sugar. The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that from 2000 to 2010, the prevalence of diabetes in Canada doubled from 1.3 million to 2.5 million people. Sugar is addictive and kicking the habit is the first step towards a healthier life.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Everyone needs activity. * Especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise helps prevent a long list of health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. * Regardless of your age, fitness level or time constraints, we’re all capable of getting out there and moving our bodies.
Have Fun. Choose activities you enjoy. That way you’re more likely to stick with it. * Plus, scheduling time for fun just seems way better than scheduling a formal workout.
Make it a Family Affair. Support and companionship pave the road to success. *
Walk it Out. Walking is easy, fun and provides instant benefits. * Not only will it make you feel great, it helps clear your mind, ups your problem-solving ability and relieves stress.
Taking care of others is wonderful.
Taking care of yourself is essential.
Caring for yourself is the first step to caring for others.