The New Year is often the time when people jump on a weight loss and wellness plan. There are many positives to losing weight and keeping it off. And there are challenges to keeping it off. Health Briefs focuses on the positives.
A weight loss of five to ten percent of one’s body weight is significant. Clothing sizes go down and so does the risk of developing high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes.
A slow, steady reduction in weight is better than a fast drop of pounds. The weight is more likely to stay off. It is also healthier. One feels more energetic, sleeps better and has overall, more energy.
Losing weight decreases the pressure on bones and joints. Even a 10 pound drop in weight will make knees feel better.
Health Briefs TV also notes that as the pounds come off, one feels more confident. And with that comes the feeling like anything can be accomplished. So get outside and walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Ride a bike. Buy a smaller pair of jeans. It is inspiring and inspires others.
An uptick in weight is normal. It happens to everyone. Water retention and build up of muscles can add a little weight to the scale. This is normal and weight will go back down. Keep on track.
Some people like to go to a gym and others like to work out at home. Do what feels best. Just be sure to stay active every day.