Our Round Rock OBGYNs want women to understand the importance of weight management to overall health
Our Round Rock OBGYNs care about every aspect of our patients’ health, and we know that weight management through healthy diet and exercise can provide many benefits to women. How do you know if you are overweight or obese? The best place to start is with your BMI, or body mass index. This is a measure of your body fat, based on your weight and height.
A healthy BMI is 18.5-24.9. If your BMI is in the 25-29 range, you are overweight. If it is 30 or more, you are obese. Statistics estimate that about 60% of adult women in the United States are overweight, and 1/3 of them are obese. To calculate your own BMI, go to the National Institute of Health.
Weight management helps you avoid risks of being overweight or obese
Weight management is so important because being overweight or obese is linked to many serious health problems.
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, gallbladder and ovaries
- Gallbladder disease
- Respiratory problems
- Gynecological problems such as infertility and irregular periods
- Pregnancy complications such as increased risk of c-section, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure
The benefits of weight management
Weight management should involve a combination of healthy diet and exercise. At your well woman visit, our Round Rock OBGYNs can advise you about the ideal way to eat and how often to exercise. There are many health benefits to getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating a nutritious diet lowers your risk for the health problems we listed above. It also helps you lose weight if you are overweight or obese and maintain your weight when it is within a healthy range.
Exercise as part of a weight management plan has many of its own benefits.
- Increases endurance, flexibility and muscle strength
- Reduces your risk for bone fractures
- Improves your quality of sleep
- Helps relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety for some women
- Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease
The healthiest way to lose weight
Fad diets have no place in a weight management plan. The healthiest approach to losing weight at a safe rate, which is about 1 to 2 pounds per week, is to burn more calories than you consume by employing portion control, making healthful food choices and including exercise in your daily routine.
The best diet focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, includes calcium-rich foods, whole grains, lean protein and limits saturated fat and salt. My Plate is a government website that can help you plan a diet, and it also includes a tracker. Go to www.choosemyplate.gov.
The goal of our Round Rock OBGYN group is to inform patients and help them live the best life possible. Contact us today for an appointment with one of our caring physicians.