Frequently Asked Questions:
I want to make some lifestyle changes to improve my overall health. What should I do?
First and foremost, see a licensed physician and receive a thorough physical examination. If your doctor gives you a clean bill of health, then use the information on this and other health websites to educate yourself about proper diet, nutrition and exercise. In consultation with your doctor, you can make gradual and moderate changes to your lifestyle which will help to improve your overall health.
What is the best way to lose weight?
The best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than your body consumes. You can accomplish this by sticking to a healthy eating plan and doing moderate exercise. Before you start any weight loss, diet or exercise program, be sure to consult with your doctor.
How much exercise should a person do?
Research shows that even the most sedentary individuals can gain significant health benefits by doing 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day. For the greatest overall health benefits, experts suggest 30 minutes of moderate exercise several days a week. Persons who have been inactive for a while should start with less strenuous activities such as walking. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to gradually build up to more strenuous activities over time. Be sure to see your doctor for a complete physical exam before beginning any exercise program.
How can I tell if I’m overweight or obese?
Begin by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measurement of body fat based on one’s height and weight. Individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. People with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese. You can figure out your own Body Mass Index by using the BMI calculator at the bottom of this page.
What about fat? Are all fats bad for you?
A certain amount of fat in one’s diet is necessary for good health. Nevertheless, most nutrition experts agree that people should consume less fat than they do currently. When fat is consumed, make sure it is unsaturated fat which comes from grains, nuts and vegetable sources like olive oil.
What about “miracle” diets that promise “overnight” results?
Losing weight is almost always a long-term process that requires a combination of common-sense eating habits and moderate exercise. Fad diets that promise miracles almost never work.
What surgical options are available to treat obesity?
Weight loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, can help treat obesity. A person should only consider surgical treatment for weight loss if they:
1) have a BMI of 40 or higher, or
2) have a BMI of 35 or higher along with weight-related health problems, and
3) have not had success with other weight loss methods.
What are the negative health effects of being overweight or obese?
Being overweight or obese can increase a person’s risk of:
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