If you’re one of the 68 percent of Americans considered overweight or obese and are thinking of beginning a weight-loss regimen, congratulations! Taking charge of your health today is one of the best things you can do to improve your future. Not only will a sensible diet and regular physical exercise help you lose weight, but you’ll also decrease your risk of serious obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Even if you know that you’re going to start making smart health decisions today, it can be difficult to undertake a weight-loss program on your own. But it doesn’t have to be! First, your healthcare provider needs to know you’re planning to change your lifestyle so he or she can offer you specific tips and suggestions based on your medical history. Beyond that, however, studies have shown that people who seek support in losing weight lose more and keep it off.
Don’t hide — seek help
Recent surveys have found that people who lose weight and keep it off change not only their eating habits, but also the way they view diet and exercise. Those who join support groups find that being cheered on helps them reach their goals.
Find your own support
There are different types of support available, so you can choose one that works best with your personality and goals. Some people find it helps to let a friend or family member know about their health goals, so those closest to them can root them on. Others find they do best when they join an online group with message boards, lots of members and useful information. Still others prefer to meet with a weight-loss group or club in town. Your healthcare provider may also be able to point you in the right direction. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it’s a method that fits well into your life and schedule.
Why it works
Whether you join a daily walking group, find healthy recipes and tips online or enlist the help of your spouse, being cheered on will help. And when you have a bad day or find it hard to feel motivated, a little outside push may be all it takes to get you back on track.
Making the decision to lose weight may be one of the most important choices you ever make. If expert support, guidance or more involved treatments are needed to help you lose weight, look to the weight-loss specialists at Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center. Our staff sees every patient as an individual, and your treatment will be based on many factors and considered carefully. We offer a complete team of specialists, from our bariatric surgeons to a support staff including nutritionists, psychologists and more, to provide new answers and options for weight loss to give you the healthier, happier life you deserve.