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The Benefits Of Maintaining A Healthy Weight

The process of weight management involves a combination of effective habits and activities that are designed to help you maintain a weight that will reduce the potential for health issues. It is important to consider the procedure of managing your weight as an ongoing series of practices, as opposed to a short-term diet that does not guarantee your chances of sustaining a desirable weight total over an extended period of time.

This will entail a blend of healthy eating habits with a regular exercise regimen, and the ability to remain committed toward achieving and retaining your most effective weight. There are other factors that can cause additional pounds to emerge such as sleep deprivation and stress. However, there are steps that you can take toward locating and sustaining your desirable weight, while also overcoming any current hurdles that have been creating difficulty in your ability to accomplish this important goal. While this will require a degree of dedication on your part, the benefits that you will attain make the process extremely worthwhile.

Reducing The Risk Of Health Problems

If your weight exceeds the amount that is considered to be healthy for your height, then the weight is referred to as obese or overweight. This is determined by your level of Body Mass Index (BMI), which can be screened in order to determine if you are medically considered to be overweight or obese.

The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) has stated that obesity affects nearly 40% of all adults in the U.S. (39.8%), which impacts 93.3 million Americans. This condition can lead to serious issues health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and multiple cancers that are otherwise preventable.

However, a commitment toward a healthy lifestyle that combines healthy foods with a satisfactory level of physical activity will dramatically improve your chances of locating and maintaining a weight level that is most effective for you. It will also decrease the possibility of encountering these serious health conditions that are more likely to develop if you are not managing your weight.

It is also important to receive an adequate amount of sleep, which is considered to be 7-8 hours on a daily basis for adults aged 18 or older. Stress can also be a contributing factor in weight gain, and it will be beneficial to address any factors in your life that are creating an abnormal amount of stress.

Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits

The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services (HHS) has created a Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which presents a favorable eating plan that can improve your opportunity to maintain your best weight. This includes a combination of fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and beans, along with limitations on the amount of sugar, sodium, and saturated fats that are consumed.

If the concept of eliminating foods that you love is concerning, then that is understandable. You can still enjoy eating these foods by reducing the portions that you consume when you choose to have foods that are not necessarily healthy. You can also decrease the number of times that you eat these foods each week, while also transitioning toward versions of each food that is lower in calories. Each of these recommendations should be followed continually, rather than attempting to adhere to these healthy eating habits on a temporary basis.

Exercising Regularly

If you are not involved in a sufficient level of physical activity, this will increase the potential for you to gain weight even further. Fortunately, a regular exercise regimen will improve your ability to lose unwanted pounds, and will also help you to retain a healthy weight. As you exercise regularly, you will burn unwanted calories. This calorie deficit will allow you to maintain any loss of weight that has occurred through the blend of proper diet and your physical activity.

Regular exercise will perform a massive role in decreasing your chances of encountering serious health issues that were mentioned previously. This includes heart disease and stroke, which remain the two primary causes of death in the United States. The CDC has stated that a regular commitment toward receiving 150+ minutes of moderate exercise each week will diminish your chances of contending with these serious problems. Moderate activities include brisk walks that are at least 15 minutes in length and biking at a normal pace.

If your initial goal is to lose weight before you have reached the point of simply needing to maintain a certain weight level, then more intense activities can boost your efforts at attaining your objective. Involvement in jogging, running, cross-country skiing, swimming and participation in certain sports (basketball, soccer) will elevate your heart rate sufficiently to improve your chances of losing weight. A list of the approximate number of calories that can be burned while participating in various exercises is available at the CDC’s website.

Your doctor can construct an effective plan that is designed to help you find and sustain a healthy weight, by utilizing the steps that have been outlined in this article.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any concerns or questions about the most effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, please do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. This is also the case if you are interested in learning more about the weight management services that we offer.

That is just one aspect of the preventative care that we provide at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, along with our primary care, and the urgent care services for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This include:

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care 

Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On-Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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