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Weight management is an extremely important topic and one that often doesn't get enough attention. Managing weight, whether underweight, healthy weight or overweight, is essential for health and to minimize the health risks associated with weight.
In present times, we have come to rely more and more on cars, fast food and fast fixes. This impacts the amount of physical activity we engage in and the amount of calories we include in our diet. Weight management demands that we actively strive to strike a balance between the amount of fat in our diets and the amount of activity we engage in every day. Before we came to rely on automobiles, computers and television, for example, daily life involved greater physical exertion. Today, we must ensure that, despite those factors that tend to decrease the need for physical activity, we get enough activity to burn away excess body fat.
Managing weight involves both diet and fitness. A healthful diet and healthy eating patterns is essential in avoiding weight gain, particularly as we age. A healthful diet should include a wide assortment of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein. Read through our section on Diet & Nutrition for more information.
The other vital piece for any weight management program is physical activity. All adults should engage in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Particularly for those people who have lost weight, physical exercise daily is an essential component of weight management. An active lifestyle is the key for many people. For those who do not engage in an aerobic exercise regime every day, living an active lifestyle is key. Walk the dog, take the stairs, rake the leaves and clean the house! Any activity is good activity and will positively contribute to weight management. For more information, read through our exercise section.
There are a variety of excellent resources available today designed to assist people in weight management strategies. From doctors, to dieticians, to fitness consultants - there are many professionals who make careers out of assisting people with weight management programs and strategies. Use them!
Maintaining a healthy weight is vital to long term good health. Modifying lifestyle and behavior can often be the single, most important step in avoiding the diseases and health risks so strongly associated with underweight and overweight health risks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers excellent resources and information about weight loss, weight management and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The American Obesity Association offers excellent advice and resources for encouraging weight loss in children and adults. Phentermine is the leading prescription medication used for the short term treatment of obesity.
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