Excess weight can be more than just a cosmetic concern – it increases your risk of heart and circulatory diseases, likeheart attacks, strokes, and vascular dementia.
Thankfully though, you have the power to reduce this risk through healthy lifestyle changes such as mindful eating habits and regular physical activity – both essential components in reaching sustainable weight loss goals! Keep reading for 3 actions you can take toward reducing your risk factors associated with heart disease.
Healthy Eating Habits
Have you heard that eating healthy meals can help prevent heart disease? It’s true! Eating more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains can reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
- Try filling half your plate with colorful produce for every meal—it's an easy way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet without feeling deprived or restricted.
- Cut down on sweetened beverages like soda pop or juice drinks; instead, opt for water or unsweetened tea as much as possible throughout the day.
- Finally, be aware of sodium intake; most Americans consume much more sodium than they need each day which can lead to high blood pressure over time if too much is consumed regularly.
In addition to diet changes, regular exercise is essential for weight loss. Exercise helps to burn calories and increase metabolism which can lead to weight loss over time.
- Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Even something as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day is a great way to get started and help you reach this goal.
- Try adding strength training exercises two days per week to further reduce health risks associated with heart disease.
Regular Health Screenings
Finally, it’s important to visit your primary care physician for regular checkups and screenings. Your doctor can monitor weight and other risk factors that could lead to heart disease, such as blood pressure or cholesterol levels.
Taking small steps now toward weight loss and preventive care will pay off later when it comes to reducing our risk factors associated with heart disease. Make sure you prioritize yourself by focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that you can continue living life fully—for many years to come!
Take control of your weight—and health—by getting started on a weight loss plan today. At Eze Health Center, we offer personalized medical weight loss plans that are tailored to your weight goals and lifestyle. Contact us now for more information and to book an appointment!