Practical Weight Loss Tips

| Lifestyle Tips

Losing weight in a healthy way can have life-changing benefits, from decreasing your risk for cardiac disease to increasing your mobility and energy.

Sustainable weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, though. It’s important to find practical, realistic lifestyle changes you can incorporate over time.

These are just a few simple tips that can help set you on the path to a healthier self.

1. Find enjoyable ways to get active

Long-distance running isn’t for everyone, and it’s far from the only option to get physical exercise. You’re more likely to stick with an exercise routine if you find activities you enjoy and look forward to. It might take some exploration, but consider trying out:

  • Hiking or walking local nature trails
  • Cycling or spin classes
  • Swimming
  • A recreational sports league like pickleball, volleyball, or Ultimate Frisbee
  • Dance classes
  • Rock climbing

2. Drink enough water

Staying hydrated is important for weight loss and overall wellness. Water helps with digestion and often makes it easier to eat the correct portion sizes since you feel full sooner. Swapping sugary drinks with water also reduces your calorie intake.

To determine the minimum ounces of water you should be drinking each day, take your body weight and divide it by two.1

3. Prioritize vegetables and balance food groups instead of following fad diets

The most practical diet for most people to achieve lasting weight loss includes about 50% vegetables and fruits, 25% grains (mostly whole grains), and 25% lean protein like chicken, nuts, and fish.2

Experiment with different healthy, plant-heavy recipes until you find a few favorites.

4. Plan meals ahead of time

Planning ahead makes it easy to avoid falling into less healthy eating habits like grabbing fast food at the drive-thru or potato chips from a convenience store.

If you’re going bowling with friends and know you might be tempted to order some unhealthy fried appetizers, fill up with a protein shake or other healthy snack before you go.

5. Focus on creating healthy habits, not the number on the scale

Instead of focusing only on the number of pounds you want to lose, try setting more motivational lifestyle goals. Maybe you want to be able to run a 5k with your best friend. Maybe you simply want to increase your mobility enough to play with your kids outside.

Whatever your reason for wanting to lose weight, be patient with yourself and find ways to incorporate practical tips like these into your everyday life.

Looking to change up your wellness routine? Learn about our nutritional services or call us at (812) 522-2349 to schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor.

About the Author

G. Brandon Millick MD

Dr. Brandon Millick is a board certified general surgeon with Schneck Surgical Associates and Schneck Surgical Weight Loss. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

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