It’s Heart Health month – a topic I am absolutely passionate about! Why? Because cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in both men and women in the U.S. In fact, it kills more women than the next five causes of death combined! But, here’s the part I love – there are many steps you can take to prevent CVD and reverse existing CVD.
According to the American Heart Association, controllable risk factors include:
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Don’t smoke
• Exercise regularly
• Eat a heart health diet
• Manage blood pressure
• Manage blood lipids including triglycerides and cholesterol
• Keep blood sugar at health levels
Maintain a Healthy Weight
There are no “quick fixes” when it comes to weight loss. Every weight loss surgery comes with it’s own set of complications and risks. And, prescription drugs for weight loss also have side effects, some of which are very serious. So what’s the bottom line? Exercise and a sound, healthy diet are the best tools you can use for weight loss and, they are a lot cheaper than any other weight loss method.
One of the top predictors of success with weight loss is your attitude. You have to believe that you can do it and surround yourself with others who also believe and are there to cheer you on. Once you have this mindset, it’s time to create a road map detailing how you are going to get there. You can use a one-size-fits all approach like Weight Watchers or something individually tailored to meet your needs. And, you don’t have to stick with the initial program you start with. If it isn’t working, don’t be afraid to explore other ways to reach your goal.
Get creative, explore what motivates you and take advantage of the change in seasons to try a variety of outdoor activities. Whatever path you take, its important that you believe you can do it and you persevere through all minor setbacks and detours.
Continued in next post…