Healthy Weight for Life
Research has shown that maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to greater overall health and well-being.
Achieving a healthy weight involves: • Making small life-style modifications that include adopting healthy nutrition and moderate physical activities for at least 150 minutes per week • Setting achievable and measurable goals like losing one to two pounds per week • Eating well-balanced meals (three meals and two snacks or six small meals per day) • If you feel sleepy right after you eat, you must have eaten too much. Cut down on your next meal.
• Listening to your body. When you eat an unhealthy meal, your body will react negatively -- an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and just a general ill feeling.
• Paying close attention to sugar content in the foods and drinks you consume daily. Women should consume about no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar and men about 9 teaspoons per day.
This Fact sheet is provided by: Edith Ezekwe, MS, RD, LD, MT (ASCP) Extension Nutrition Specialist/ Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics Department of Human Sciences Alcorn State University Phone: 601.877.6258 Fax: 601.877.3960
• Consuming too much salt will contribute to retention of fluid which can promote high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. Strive for no more than ¾ of a teaspoon daily for salt consumption.
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