Exercise & Weight Loss
Welcome to Weight Loss. Here you'll find resources to help you better understand how your body works and how to effectively utilize physical activity to help you lose weight.
If you're not at a healthy weight, you're not alone. Approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. The good news is that success with weight loss is not impossible! You can lose weight by simply learning how your body gains weight and how, with some simple but dedicated lifestyle changes, you can effectively lose weight and succeed in keeping your body at a new healthy weight forever!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- More than one-third of U.S. adults — over 72 million people — were obese in 2006, with adults
aged 40-59 having the highest obesity prevalence of all age groups.
- More than 50% of U.S. adults do not get enough exercise to receive health benefits and 25% are not
active at all in their leisure time.
- The direct cost of physical inactivity is over $21 billion.
What You Can Do About Being Overweight
The magic formula for weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume — simple to say, but difficult to implement. IHP is here to help you not only increase your physical activity but also provide you with tools to help you maximize your workout to effectively lose weight.
Before beginning a weight loss journey, use the Quick Guide chart to determine what weight range is healthy for you.
Keeping Your Weight Off
Losing weight is only part of the battle — keeping it off can be even more challenging, but not impossible! Below are characteristics of adults who have lost at least 30 pounds and have kept it off for at least a year. Most members of the National Weight Control Registry attribute their success to continuing to maintain a low calorie, low fat diet and doing high levels of activity.
Habits that help the successful...
- 78% eat breakfast every day.
- 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
- 62% watch less than ten hours of TV per week.
- 90% exercise about one hour per day on average.
The bottom line is that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to exercise on a regular basis!
Why Diets Don't Work
Numerous studies prove diets just don't work for the majority of people trying to lose weight. A "dieter" tends to deprive their body of the food they need, creating a survival mode in which their body reduces the calories used and preserves them for use later. Their body becomes used to operating on this restricted calorie level and lowers their metabolism, making it even more difficult to burn stored fat calories and lose weight.
Instead of dieting, effective weight loss can be achieved by reducing caloric intake to reasonable levels without starving your body, and getting enough physical activity. Increased physical activity will also decrease your risk of dying from coronary heart disease and reduces the risk of developing other life threatening diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer.