weight with My Health
Trying to lose weight?
My Health has resources to help you shed excess pounds. A weight loss
of just 10 percent improves health and reduces the risk of chronic
conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
What is sensible and realistic? For most people, it means making small changes that add up over time, such as walking one extra flight of steps each day. For the average adult, one extra flight of steps each day equals a 3- to 4-pound weight loss in one year.
Lifestyle changes that result in the loss of no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week are healthy habits that can be maintained. When you lose more than 1 to 2 pounds of weight a week, you are losing muscle, not just fat. Muscle tissue uses a lot of energy and burns a lot of calories, while fat tissue uses very little energy. If you reduce muscle, your body will burn fewer calories.
Weight control is achieved by balancing the calories we eat and calories
we burn through activity. Make sure when you are setting weight
loss goals that you think about increasing your activity in addition
watching what you eat.
The My Health website contains information for weight management as well as many other resources. Information includes the Lifetime Exercise Adherence Program (LEAP) for fitness, a nutrition center, and other tools and information about weight loss, weight management, and healthy eating.
For more information, visit My Health at www.upmchealthplan.com/myhealth.htm.