To stay at a healthy weight, balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn (use up). To lose weight, you need to use more calories than you eat. A healthy diet and physical activity can help you control your weight.
Calories are a measure of the energy in the foods you eat. You burn calories when you are physically active.
How do I know if I’m eating the right number of calories?
Go to W8MD.com and use the free daily calorie calculator tool on the right side of the page to determine the caloried you need to consume for no weight loss or weight gain. This is the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. If you are overweight or obese, burn more calories than you eat to lose weight.
What are the benefits of losing weight?
If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk for serious health conditions like: Type 2 diabetes Heart disease High blood pressure Early death
Plus, eating healthy and being physically active can give you more energy throughout the day. Move more and eat healthy foods to help: Lower your blood pressure Lower your blood sugar Raise your “good” cholesterol Lower your “bad” cholesterol
You may start to see these benefits by losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. For example, if you are 200 pounds, this could mean losing as little as 10 pounds.
Make a promise to eat well, move more, and get support from family and friends. If you need to lose weight, do it slowly over time.
Remember that to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.
Set realistic goals. Start out by setting small goals, like: I want to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. I will add 10 minutes of physical activity to my daily routine. I will avoid second helpings of meals this week.
Keep a food and activity diary. Write down: When you eat What you eat How much you eat Your physical activity.
Losing weight is never easy. Before you start a diet, talk to your doctor or nurse about a healthy weight-loss plan that’s right for you. Let a professionally trained weight loss doctor work with you to lose weight safey and effectively.
The best part of the W8MD Physician Weight Loss Program is that most W8MD centers work with insurances for the physician visits.
Screening and counseling for obesity are covered under the Affordable Care Act and W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers is among the first to accept health insurance for the essential weight loss, obesity screening and prevention services. Call W8MD at 1(800)W8MD-007 to learn more. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get these services at no cost to you.