Sunday, March 13, 2011

If You Are Overweight or Obese, It's Time for a Change

Obesity increases the risk of a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. It is also linked to sleep apnea, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.

If you are obese and suffering from any of those conditions, you might have already decided that it is time for a change. Obviously, if you continue to do the things that you have been doing, you will continue to get the results you have been getting. So, what changes can and should you make in order to reverse or control your chronic disease state?

Clearly, losing weight is an important first step. It is also difficult to achieve. But with the right information, attitude and perseverance, you can succeed.

Unfortunately, too many people fail to lose weight or lose it only to put it back on as soon as they "go off the diet." The secret to keeping the weight off is to have a plan that you can live with for the rest of your life. Commercial diets and popular diet books may help you lose weight in the short run, but when it comes to lasting weight loss, the results are dismal.

You can do better. Don't set yourself up for failure.

First of all, it is important to understand that in order to lose weight you have to consume fewer calories than you burn. You can achieve this by eating less, exercising more, or doing both. Revamp your diet so that you will be consuming fewer calories and get more exercise.

You will have to devote time to planning and implementing your weight loss program. But if you put your mind to it, the time and effort will be well worth it.

If you are overweight or obese and feel that it is time for a change, don't hesitate. Take the first step today. A registered dietitian can help. Registered dietitians are the healthcare professionals most trained and qualified to help you design a weight loss plan to combat obesity and put you on track to a healthy future. To locate a registered dietitian, visit the American Dietetic Association website at and search to find a dietitian in your area.