Weight Management


Why is important to manage my weight? Being overweight increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Being overweight can also increase your risk for osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, or other respiratory problems. Aim for a slow, steady weight loss. Even a small amount of weight loss can lower your risk of health problems.

How do I lose weight safely? A safe and healthy way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and get regular exercise. You can lose up about 1 pound a week by decreasing the number of calories you eat by 500 calories each day. You can decrease calories by eating smaller portion sizes or by cutting out high-calories foods. Read labels to find out how many calories are in the foods you eat. You can also burn calories with exercise such as walking, swimming, or biking. You will be more likely to keep weight off if you make these changes part of your lifestyle.

What is a healthy meal plan that can help me manage my weight? You can eat a variety of foods and lose weight at the same time. A healthy meal plan can help you to eat fewer calories and stay healthy. A healthy meal plan includes the following:

What are some ways I can decrease calories?

How much exercise do I need? Exercise at least 30 minutes per day on most days of the week. Some examples of exercise include walking, biking, dancing, and swimming. You can also fit in more physical activity by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away from stores. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.

What other things should I consider as I try to lose weight?


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