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Achieving A Healthy Weight

Anyone battling obesity or being overweight knows the challenges and disappointments of trying to achieve a healthy weight. Crash diets, magic pills, and fad workouts are often a recipe for failure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity impacts more than 40 percent of American adults. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

Obesity takes a financial toll as well.  According to Milken Institute data, $480 billion is lost in direct health care and $1.24 trillion in productivity loss.                                               

January 15-21, 2023, is National Healthy Weight Week. A variety of factors, such as behavior, environment, genetics, and even medications, may have an effect in causing people to become overweight or obese. 

Achieving healthy weight loss isn’t about a “diet” or “program” but a lifestyle with healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity, and stress management. 

Dr. Tarandeep Kaur is an endocrinologist affiliated with Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Medical Center. To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, Dr. Kaur recommends: 

  • Starting slow and making small changes over time.
  • Drinking lots of water.
  • Adding fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks.
  • Reducing or eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Add cardio, like walking, to your workout.
  • Include a weight or resistance workout such as yoga.
  • Keep your servings small and use small plates.
  • Get plenty of rest.

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