Living Well: Ready, set, go! — Support available to help reach weight-loss goals
It’s the new year, and many people feel obligated to create a list of New Year’s resolutions. Common resolutions include to stop smoking, get in shape, lose weight, or achieve a bucket list item.
When it comes to a weight loss program, you don’t have to watch TV for very long to hear about all the diet programs you should order right away; advertisers know it’s the season for weight loss resolutions.
“We suggest a more long-term, sustainable approach to weight loss,” said Madysen Jourgensen, registered dietician at Memorial Regional Health. “Our goal is to help you be ready for the right kind of weight loss that is realistic for you, and then to support you with those goals.”
When was the last time you had a physical or met with your primary family medicine provider? Have you had recent labs taken? Do you know all your risk factors and concerns? For example, a person living with diabetes might take a different approach to weight loss than someone who is not diabetic. Meeting with your primary care provider, paired with your internal readiness to start making a difference, will get you ready for success.
Now that you’ve met with your medical team, what are the specific foods to add or delete from your diet. What is the appropriate exercise plan for you? What can you do on your own, or do you need to join a gym? Did you know the Senior Social Center in Craig has gym equipment?
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should pick a plan you can live with, a plan that offers flexibility, balance, likeability, and activity.
Hallmarks of such a plan might include the following:
• A flexible plan allows for the occasional, reasonable indulgence. It should feature foods that are readily available in your local grocery story. All plans should limit alcohol, sugary drinks, and high-sugar sweets, because they are nutrient-free options.
• A balanced plan that provides adequate nutrients and calories. Eating large quantities of certain foods and eliminating entire food groups can cause other problems. Safe and healthy diets to not require excessive vitamins or supplements.
• A likeable plan includes the foods you like. If the plan is overly restrictive or becomes boring, you probably won’t stick to it for long-term impact.
• A plan should include physical activity. Exercise of some sort has numerous benefits and is also an important factor in achieving and maintaining weight loss.
Now that you’re set, it’s go time. Internal motivation is key, but having the support of a loved one or others trying to accomplish the same thing can be just as key to keeping you on track.
A weight loss support group primarily geared toward patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, is now available at Memorial Regional Health. This will allow individuals to meet with others who may be experiencing the same struggles or experiencing the same successes. A consistent support system can be vital in not only reaching weight loss goals, but also maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle once goals are achieved.