Healthy weight

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. For most people, body mass index (BMI), a number based on a person’s weight and height, is a good way to tell if they are at a healthy weight. But reaching a healthy weight isn’t just about reaching a certain number on the scale or a certain BMI.

Staying at a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. It can help prevent serious health problems, including:

2. Do this

If you decide you want to make some changes, here are the three steps to reaching a healthy weight:

  • Improve your eating habits. Do it slowly. You may be tempted to do a diet overhaul and change everything about the way you eat.
  • Get moving. Try to make physical activity a regular part of your day, just like brushing your teeth.
  • Change your thinking. If you can stop your brain from telling you discouraging things and have it start encouraging you instead, you may be surprised at how much healthier you’ll be — in mind and body.

3. Use this

Check out the following Best Health offerings to help you achieve a healthy weight:

  • Health coachingEnroll in free health coaching and work one-on-one with a Best Health Coach to help you make a positive change.
  • Online weight/BMI tracker – Calculate and track your body mass index (BMI) to see your progress.
  • Online weight management workshop – Learn how to establish better fitness and nutrition practices in this online workshop.

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Source: Healthwise. Weight Management. Medical Reviewer: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O’Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator. © 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Last Revised 12/22/17.