Did you know that more than two out of three Americans are overweight or are considered obese? Obesity can lead to many health problems for both young and old people, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and even a stroke. Carrying too much weight puts a lot of strain on your joints, which could lead to them wearing out as you age. Losing weight is something that many people find difficult to do, but there are some healthy habits you can adopt to take the weight off and keep it off throughout your life.

Benefits of Losing Weight

Losing just 7 percent of your body weight could reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 60 percent. Also, weight loss reduces your risk of having a heart attack or stroke as well as reducing the strain on your joints. According to the World Heart Federation, obesity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which means that lowering your BMI directly reduced your risk of CVD.

Healthy Habits for Weight Control

Keeping your weight under control is a matter of restricting the calories you consume to the number you burn during your everyday life. If you want to lose weight, you will need to cut calories further to create a deficit — or exercise more to increase the number of calories your body burns. Exercise can also make your heart healthier, reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Maintaining your weight over time means adopting healthy eating habits that you can adhere to. Rather than relying on fad diets to shed pounds quickly, it is important to learn how to create tasty, satisfying meals that are low in calories and high in nutritious vegetables and fiber. For many it is figuring out exactly what to eat that is perhaps the hardest part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But eating healthy does not have to be a chore. Thankfully there are a ton of resources out there that are designed to educate and make meal planning easy.

Feeling overwhelmed by the choices?  Fear not. Real Simple came out with a handy list of 7 Principles of Healthy Eating that breaks it down in easy to follow tips.

Additionally, the amount of sleep you get can also affect your weight. In fact recent studies have suggested an association with lack of sleep with weight gain. These studies show that people who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to gain weight than those who sleep for seven hours. Why is this? It has been suggested that how long you sleep directly affects the hormones that regulate hunger — ghrelin and leptin. In addition, when you are tired, you are more likely to reach for energy-rich drinks and snacks. And less likely to engage in physical activity due to fatigue. So why is it so difficult for people to get the sleep they need?  For many the main cause of sleep deprivation is stress.  But there is good news, there are many tips you can implement right now that can relieve stress and allow you to get a much needed good night sleep. Check out these 10 easy to follow tips from Mindbodygreen.com for a better sleep tonight!

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The WeightAware online risk assessment can help you understand how your weight affects your overall health. Our module takes several risk factors into account, including your weight, exercise habits, blood pressure, age, and gender, to assess your risks for obesity and other certain diseases. Using this information, we encourage participants to take action with your care provider to develop a healthy and sensible weight loss plan that you can adhere to every day.  

Taking control of your weight and health is perhaps one of the most important missions you will take on in your life. There is little doubt that your weight has a direct correlation with your overall health and it doesn’t have to be a lifelong struggle. Let HealthAware help you and your healthcare system achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle for your community with our innovative and award winning WeightAware online risk assessment.  

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