What is Weight Management?
Weight loss is the burning of excessive calories from your body. It also ensures that the intake of calories is less than the number of calories burnt. Weight loss becomes highly necessary when your excessive weight causes hindrances to healthy living. Non-surgical methods of weight loss are the first line of treatment recommended for maintaining a healthy weight.
If Weight is Untreated
When weight loss methods are not undertaken, obesity and overweight can lead to major health risks such as heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and orthopaedic and reproductive problems.
Weight Management Options
Some of the non-surgical methods of weight loss include:
- Lifestyle changes: Making changes in your lifestyle to involve a healthy diet and physical activity and maintaining balance between your calorie intake and output.
- Healthy eating habits: Eating healthy foods such as fat-free or low-fat foods, lean meat, fish, nuts, whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits. Foods rich in saturated and trans fats, such as sausages, processed meat, added sugars, baked food and fried food should be avoided. Cutting back on the quantity of food intake helps limit calorie intake.
- Physical activity: Exercising and keeping yourself physically active will help you maintain a very healthy life. Physical activity also reduces risk of heart diseases, diabetes and cancers, helps to strengthen your muscles, bone and joints and improves the working of your heart and lungs. Being physically fit also relaxes the brain and reduces your stress levels.
- Weight loss medications: Another option to lose weight non-surgically is through weight loss medicines. These medications are prescribed if you are unable to lose weight by dietary changes and physical activities. Weight loss medications act by reducing the absorption of fat into your body or decreasing your appetite.
Outcome of Weight Management
Non-surgical weight loss through healthy life choices can help to reduce at least 10% of your initial weight.