You probably deal with patients on a daily basis that have some sort of health issue related to his or her weight. More than one-third (36.5 percent) of U.S. adults have obesity, which is why it’s so important that both you and your patients are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. That’s why next week, Healthy Weight Week, will help to promote healthy eating, exercise, nutrition, and a variety of other ways you can maintain a healthy weight. Whether you’re imparting advice to one of your patients, or simply taking one of our suggestions yourself, below are a few ways you can celebrate Healthy Weight Week!
Celebrate Healthy Weight Week
Start With Goals
One of the best things to do when kicking off Healthy Weight Week is to set goals. It can be a weekly, monthly, or yearly goal. During Healthy Weight Week, setting a weight goal and sticking to a set number of calories does not take first priority. For example, if you are part of the “clean your plate club” and are having difficulty losing weight, instead of concentrating on counting calories, instead, start with something easier like vowing to use a smaller plate. Another goal you could make is to simply exercise more. Devoting a few days a week to exercise is a great goal to start with.
Start a Meal Plan
Meal plans are also a great way to kick of Healthy Weight Week. Create a weekly menu that includes all the meals and snacks you will eat from day to day. This is also helpful because all you’ll have to do is grab your lunch before you head out the door for your next shift. Load your meals with vegetables, proteins, and other nutritious items, but don’t be afraid to add a sweet reward for yourself every now and again.
Get Some Rest and Reduce Stress
Healthcare workers routinely have higher stress levels than those outside the industry. One of the best things you can do during Healthy Weight Week is to try and reduce your stress. Stress actually makes it harder to lose weight and in many cases cause you to gain weight. Try to set aside some time every day to meditate or relax by doing a favorite hobby. It’s also important that you get an adequate amount of sleep. Ideally, you want six to eight hours. This will help to decrease stress, as well as give your metabolism the chance to adjust itself.
Stay Body Positive
Regardless of your weight, shape, or age, it’s important to remain positive about your body image. Many assume that the terms “skinny” and “healthy” go hand in hand. Skinny doesn’t automatically mean healthy. Yes, it can reduce symptoms and alleviate many problems, but even skinny people need to continually nourish their bodies with healthy foods and continue to have an active lifestyle. Body positivity is about feeling good about the way you look, regardless of what others think. While of course, it’s still important to lead a healthy lifestyle, you don’t need to feel bad about your waistline or how you look in the mirror.
Healthy Weight Week shouldn’t be all about cutting calories and meticulously prepping your next meal. It’s always a good idea to reward yourself for all the time and dedication you put into living a healthier lifestyle. It can be something as small as treating yourself to a bowl of your favorite ice cream every now and then. Or, you might just decide to take yourself on a vacation after hitting your weight loss goals. Regardless, celebrating Healthy Weight Week should also include setting up some great rewards.
Healthy Weight Week is all about bettering yourself physically and mentally. In the healthcare industry, we often don’t take the time to care for ourselves, so this week is designed to get you on the right track. If you have any other suggestions on how to celebrate Healthy Weight Week, leave a comment below!