Women’s Healthy Weight Day is celebrated on January 23, 2016. The goal of this observance is to spread the awareness among women about the importance of developing healthy life style habits and maintaining a healthy weight. While learning to love and appreciate their bodies, women also need to understand what a healthy weight means and work towards achieving it.
A healthy weight can be achieved with healthy habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and proper sleep. Unacceptable dieting or starving to become thin is not a good idea. Just like under-eating, overeating or unhealthy eating is dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly a third of adults is obese and is that this number has increased nearly twofold in the last twenty years. Health Weight Day gives you the opportunity to make positive changes in your lifestyle and avoid the health risks of being overweight which include cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
As a woman, you need to know that there are several factors that can make you gain weight such as age, pregnancy, metabolism, growth and genes. However, there is no one-size-fits-all for everyone. Each person’s ideal weight differs based on height and other factors. The key to maintaining your weight is to burn the extra calories that you gain through eating.
Make smart lifestyle choices and sustainable changes in your routine to achieve your healthy weight goals. If your goal is weight loss, set specific, attainable goals such as how many pounds you plan to lose a week or month. Track your progress. Don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to exercise – set a realistic goal as to how many minutes – rather than hours – you can spare a day. Small activities can make a difference – taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to the grocery store instead of driving, and so on.