A Weight Off Your Shoulders...

and Thighs, and Hips, and Tummy!

Gulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 3, Issue 1 - Weight-Loss

Image of a woman measuring her waist.

As waistlines in America expand every year,it can be easy to lose sight of what a healthy weight actually is. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. More than one-third — 35.7 percent — are obese.

More people today are overweight than not, and the tipping of the scale often leads to increased health risks. Popular culture emphasizes an unrealistic super thin appearance over common sense good health and weight. Add to that a multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry that thrives on the newest, often unproven diet trends, and it’s easy to see that we are bombarded with too many diet and food choices and not enough time to learn what our individual ideal weight should be and how to become healthy through proper fitness and food planning.

The general premise of weight-loss is deceptively simple; expend more calories than you take in. But in today’s busy lifestyle when prepared and fast foods pack way more calories than they should and time to exercise is non-existent, shifting the calorie balance to the expended side can seem close to impossible. Furthermore, there are other numerous factors beyond the direct control of the individual that can contribute to the chronic medical problem of obesity. Healthy Lives™ powered by Baptist Health Care is a wellness program available to the community that is dedicated to helping people make a commitment to good health and nutrition. On page 8 Healthy Lives helps decode nutrition labels , making food selection a little simpler for anyone trying to shed some pounds.

If decoding nutrition labels doesn’t do the trick, if every diet and exercise has done nothing to stop weight gain, speak with your doctor about the options that may be appropriate for you. You may be a candidate for bariatric, or weight-loss surgery.