Weight Management Counseling
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do to prevent chronic disease and avoid problems with your muscles, joints, and ligaments. As of 2013, more than 37 percent of adults in the United States are obese. The disease increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and other serious conditions, so it is important to learn about good nutrition and physical fitness. Chapel Hill Primary Care professionals provide weight management counseling to those who want to lose weight and reduce their risk of chronic diseases.
Body Mass Index
One way to determine if you are at your ideal weight is to ask your doctor to calculate your body mass index. This index measures body fat based on a person’s height and weight. A normal weight corresponds to a body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9. If you have a body mass index of 25 or greater, ask your doctor about healthy ways to reduce your weight. It is important to remember that these numbers apply to adults, not children or teenagers. Body mass index may not be an accurate measure of your body fat if you have a lot of muscle, so ask your doctor about other ways of determining your ideal weight.
Obesity Risk Factors
When you consume more calories than you burn through exercise, you have an increased risk of becoming obese. The causes of obesity are not always this simple, however. Some people have genetic risk factors that make them more likely to gain weight. These factors affect how many calories you burn and how your body decides to store energy. Your family lifestyle is also very important in determining if you will develop obesity. You are likely to develop eating and exercise habits similar to those of your parents or siblings, so you may have an increased risk of obesity if your parents are obese.
Surprisingly, the amount of sleep you get also helps determine if you will become overweight or obese. Sleep affects the production of certain hormones in your body, so you may have an increased appetite if you are not getting enough sleep at night. Economic issues, social issues, chronic medical conditions, and certain medications also increase your risk of becoming obese.
If you are obese and want to lose weight, it is important to do it in a healthy way. Crash diets and diet pills can cause more harm than good, so talk to your doctor about safe weight loss techniques. We use a personalized approach to weight management counseling, so you’ll receive a weight loss exercise plan and nutrition information tailored to your needs. Nutrition counseling and information about weight loss exercises can help you lose weight without putting your health at risk.
Weight loss is a very personal subject, so it’s important to work with a medical professional who treats you with compassion and understanding. If you need a weight loss exercise plan to fit your lifestyle, or you need information about healthy foods, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. You’ll receive personalized attention and get the information you need to reduce your health risks.