Take 'baby steps' toward weight loss

Catholic Courier    |    07.01.2010
Category: Health


Since just getting started on a fitness plan is such a daunting prospect for many, Kristi Williams, clinical nutrition manager at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, suggests that people "kind of take baby steps" to lose weight. Among her tips:

  • Remove all temptations from your house.
  • If you know you'll be eating unhealthy foods at a restaurant, party or barbecue, compensate at another time of day.
  • You don't have to join a gym to increase your exercise regimen. Other options include buying exercise videos and walking to nearby places instead of driving.

  • Individualize your diet plan, taking into account such factors as marital status, income and religion.

  • Make a plan you can maintain for a lifetime, as opposed to the "yo-yo effect" of losing weight and then gaining it back.

  • Model these healthy behaviors to your children.

  • Enlist the support of family and friends.

  • Cut down on excuses. Williams said people on tight incomes can legitimately complain that fruits and vegetables are tough to afford -- but that argument weakens when they buy a package of cookies that costs the same as a bag of apples.

  • Maintain a healthy balance: The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia are involved in a small percentage of Williams' caseload, so she cautioned against becoming obsessed with losing weight.

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