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Getting In Shape Guide for Beginners

Last updated 5 years ago

Obesity is a widely-recognized health risk nationwide, and according to CDC estimates, more than one in four Americans struggle to address obesity and extreme obesity.  But between social media, television, and friends and family members, determining the most effective way(s) to lose weight can be extremely difficult.  We here at Memorial Hospital are committed to providing our patients with reliable resources to live active and healthy lives, which is why we’ve compiled this strategy guide to help you determine your best options for maintaining weight loss:

Keep Track of Your Weight.

It’s recommended to obtain an accurate picture of your overall health before beginning a diet and exercise program.  Many healthcare providers calculate a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) to provide an accurate assessment of the amount of excess body fat.  Generally, BMI categories are as follows:

  • Underweight: <18.5
  • Normal: 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight: 25.-29.9
  • Obese: >30.0
  • Extremely Obese: >35.0

Managing your BMI, as well your food intake and physical activity, will help you track your progress and identify areas that need improvement.

Develop A Fitness Plan.

A fitness plan allows you to set both short-term and long-term goals for weight loss.  It can also help you establish a time table, thus increasing the chances of long-term success.  However, it is especially important to consider realistic expectations for your physical fitness requirements with a doctor, particularly so if obesity or obesity-related illnesses inhibits excessive activity.

Determine Alternative Measures.

In some cases, a doctor may recommend certain dietary supplements or medications to help facilitate weight loss, but there is no single regimen of medication, diet, or exercise that will work for everyone.  If these measures fail and an individual poses significant health risks due to obesity, then a doctor may recommend weight-loss surgery as a long-term treatment option.

Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, FL is an ASMBS-recognized Center of Excellence. Visit one of our free upcoming bariatric surgery information seminars, or call (904) 399-6360 for more information today.


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