your attitude about your weight can improve your health. Being overweight can
increase some health risks, but so can many fad diets and roller coaster weight
who choose to smoke so they won't overeat also can add to their health woes.
Others who choose to starve themselves in an effort to be thin can diminish
their mental and physical capacities. Eating disorders can be deadly.
doesn't mean that overeating is recommended or that being a couch potato is
okay. What it does mean is that a healthy weight can be influenced by many
factors, including lifestyle and genetics. The emphasis is on being healthy –
eating a variety of foods, being active and maintaining self esteem – rather
than the need to be thin. To learn more about establishing a healthy weight,
here are some tips you can follow:
focusing on weight; decide to enjoy life, rather than always thinking,
"When I lose 10 pounds, I will..."
to eat three meals a day; breakfast is especially important, because it
truly does break the fast and provides much needed nourishment.
snacks to appease hunger in between meals; reserving part of a meal, like
fruit, veggies and dip or even dessert, can appease the appetite without
adding too many extra calories.
to recognize your body's signals: eat when you are hungry; stop eating when
you are full. People who can learn to stop eating when they are full soon
recognize that they feel better when they do.
to eat and enjoy a variety of foods, including whole grains; lean meats,
poultry and fish; dairy products; fruits and vegetables. Limit fats.
activities that you enjoy to each day. Children usually look forward to
recess; adults need that time and activity as well.
activities that you enjoy, otherwise there will be a temptation to skip
activities that can contribute to mental and physical health.
time for stress relief; even a few minutes of relaxation – let your body
go limp, think about something pleasant – can be beneficial.
positive; accept yourself and your body shape or size.
on health… not weight!