Being overweight may not seem like such a big issue but as pounds continue to compile they can contribute to health risks. Excessive weight and obesity can pose risks to your health, and in some cases, generate long-term problems including disease. Some of the problems you may face with being overweight include:
Slow and steady weight loss is the best approach to shedding pounds. Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight may lower your risk for diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is recommended to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week, and not more than 3 pounds per week, to maintain safety and allow the weight loss changes to become a more permanent fixture for your lifestyle. Federal guidelines on physical activity recommend that you get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like biking or brisk walking). You also need to do activities to strengthen muscles (like push-ups or sit-ups) at least twice a week. Healthy nutritional habits are a big factor in weight loss. Having a balanced diet rich with fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and proteins is optimal. If you are unsure where to begin, a nutrition or wellness coaching session can get you started and on the right track.
Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, or hypnosis have often been used as a form of weight loss. A holistic approach, known as Ayurveda, tailored to the individual may aide the underlying causes of weight gain and help to control appetite. With a wide range of therapies including specialized diets, massage, and herbs, Ayurveda’s goal is to balance the body, mind, and spirit for lasting results.
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