5 ways to achieve your healthiest weight

You’re following a good diet and getting your daily exercise, but the scale is barely moving. What’s going on?

There are many things that can influence your ability to achieve your healthiest weight, from the foods you eat to the quality of sleep you get. Forming new habits and managing weight can be really tough. Sometimes, it takes a third party to help you realize how making a small change can turn frustration into success.

Have you tried asking your doctor about weight management? An experienced primary care physician can point you in the right direction when it comes to managing your weight to achieving results. He or she can help you look at weight as part of an integrated plan to establish long-term healthy habits in every aspect of your life.

Consider how these five areas touch your overall health:

  • Eating healthier: Reducing empty carbs from refined sugars and grain, and increasing protein and fiber can greatly influence your health and even your state of mind.
  • Exercise: You can fight stress and improve your heart health all in one exercise session. You don’t have to train for a marathon or climb a rock wall, many forms of aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming or bicycling can be ways to incorporate activity into your everyday life.
  • Sleep: Lack of sleep can sabotage your weight loss attempts by throwing off your metabolism and lowering your resolve when presented with food choices.
  • Stress management: Did someone say relax? But there’s so much to do! Actually, your body will thank you for taking a few minutes to meditate, sip a cup of tea or soak in the bathtub.
  • Get a checkup: Making time to see your doctor is “me time.” It’s a statement that you’re putting your health first. It can help you chart a new course for your well-being.

Visit http://www.baptistjax.com or call 904.202.CARE to find a Baptist Primary Care physician near you.

Casey Bonaquist, DO, is a family physician with Baptist Primary Care in Nocatee. In addition to her family medicine certification, she is board-certified in obesity medicine. Her focus is on preventive medicine and in helping patients identify and remove obstacles to a healthier life.

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