Taking Control of Your Own Wellness 

 

Why is it important to maintain an ideal weight? 

 

In short, when you control your weight you control the key factors to your overall health. Lowering body weight, even as little as 10%, has been shown to have phenomenal health benefits that can be more effective than medications. It can help reverse or prevent diabetes and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Excess fat hits more than just your waistband. Life expectancy, medical expenses, productivity, mobility, and self-confidence are all affected. The path to better health is straightforward and simple: eat smart, get active, and stay accountable. True wellness means a life unfettered by weight and illness. It means enjoying your golden years actively with your great-grandchildren.  Wellness is so much more than a number on a scale. It’s living a life full of vitality and loving it.

Getting healthy benefits more than just your body. A number of recent studies have reported a link between exercise and maintaining brain and cognitive health throughout your entire life.

Planning your pathway to wellness is just like planning any other journey. You have to know your starting point, your destination, and define any checkpoints along the way. Knowing where you are now brings clarity to where you want to go. Without that critical factor, it’s far too easy to lose direction and get discouraged.

The secret is knowing one critical number … your daily calorie limit. When it comes to losing weight, there is one universal truth. You have to take in fewer calories than your burn.  This can be achieved by eating less, exercising more, or both. Weight loss cannot happen unless there is a “calorie deficit”.

How do you know how many calories you need to lose weight? You need to know your calorie limit. Your calorie limit tells you how many net calories you need to consume each day to maintain your current weight.

Determining a Calorie Deficit for Weight Loss. A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, which means, to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, you need to burn off 500 to 1,000 calories more per day than you consume — or between 3,500 and 7,000 calories per week.

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