Skip to content

How to Get Control of Your Obesity

Obesity is a complex disease that can have a long-lasting impact on your general health. Achieving a healthy weight is essential for the long-term health of your body as a whole, especially your heart.

To help you get your weight under control, the heart health experts at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut offer compassionate, comprehensive weight-management services.

Our medical team provides the resources and support you need to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. 

How do you define obesity?

Your body mass index (BMI) is a screening tool that’s used to calculate your weight to determine if you’re overweight or obese.

Your BMI is calculated by your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters. If your results are 18.5 to under 25, your weight is considered in the healthy, normal range. 

If your BMI ranges from 25 to under 30, you’re considered to be overweight. Anything over 30 is classified as obese.

Obesity’s risk factors include your family history, your genetic background, and your lifestyle and diet. If you lack physical activity, use certain medications, or have environmental factors that trigger overeating, you may be more likely to be overweight or obese.

The effects of obesity of your body

People who are overweight or obese are at a significantly higher risk for numerous chronic health conditions. You may also be more likely to experience chronic joint pain and mobility issues from the constant weight being placed on your joints and other structures.

Just some of the medical consequences of obesity include:

You may also be at a higher risk for developing mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety, that lower your quality of life.

How to get control of your weight to fight obesity

One of the most essential things to remember about getting and staying in control of your weight is that your efforts must be long-term.

Here’s a list of things that you need to do consistently to lose weight and keep it off:

Stay focused on your diet

Overcoming obesity starts with making better nutrition choices. You shouldn’t follow extreme or fad diets to lose weight. In fact, you can learn how to eat what you like and still lose weight through calorie counting and portion control.

Learn how to read labels and eat foods that have the essential nutrients you need without the high calorie counts, like fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats and other proteins.

Get physical

Physical activity is important for so many reasons. Daily exercise helps you lose weight and improves your heart health, blood circulation, and mental clarity.

The American Heart Association recommends getting at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day. Initially, you should aim for at least 60 minutes a day to start losing weight. 

Exercise can include anything that gets you moving, like walking, running, playing tennis, or attending a spin class.

Start a food journal

Write down everything you eat each day in a food journal, noting what you’re eating, how much, and at what time. This journal can help you recognize triggers that may cause you to overeat, such as stress or emotional issues.

With the help of our team at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut, you can evaluate your relationship with food to learn better eating habits.

Weigh in regularly

Invest in a quality scale that you can use at home to weight yourself at least once a week. However, it’s important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so as you continue with your healthier lifestyle, your scale may not show accurate readings.

For this reason, it’s important that you check in with your doctor at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut regularly. These checkups ensure that you’re losing weight safely, and our team can assess the positive impact that your weight loss is having on your heart health.

To get started on your weight loss journey, call the HeartCare Associates of Connecticut office nearest you or request an appointment through our online booking system today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Fear Not! Heart Check-Ups Are Easier Than Ever

Is the idea of checking your heart health causing unnecessary stress? You’ve probably heard the statistics before about how the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease.    But that doesn’t mean you should be afraid of checking up on your heart. More often than not, heart-related deaths are preventable, especially

Read More »

How to Treat Your Leg Veins So They Don’t Get Worse.

With the warmer temperatures on the way, we can look forward to sunny days by the pool or on the beach. But if you’re like the many Americans with leg veins, you may be reluctant to show off your legs this spring. Studies show that over 25 million people in the United States have varicose

Read More »

The Surprising Link Between Your Kidneys and Your Heart

17-50% of patients with chronic kidney failure also suffer from heart failure. Studies show that the mortality rate of heart failure increases with worsening renal failure. You may be surprised to learn that your kidneys say a lot about your heart. The harmful effects of high blood pressure and diabetes on your heart can also

Read More »

February is American Heart Month

Celebrate American Heart Month this February by raising awareness and taking simple steps to combat one of America’s greatest threats. Whether it means caring for your own health or sharing knowledge with loved ones, American Heart Month is your chance to take action – especially for women. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one

Read More »

Easy New Year’s Healthy Habits You Can Actually Keep.

It’s a new year and many of us are feeling the pressure to set lofty goals. One study showed that 62% of adults feel that they have to set New Year’s resolutions. However, history tells us that many of these goals never come to fruition. Luckily there are simple ways to create healthy habits that

Read More »
heart care CT

5 Ways to Deal with Holiday Blues and Find Joy Amidst Sadness

While the holiday season is often depicted as a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, if you’re not feeling the holiday cheer, you’re not alone. About 41% of Americans surveyed, report feeling an increase in stress this year due to the holidays.  The holidays can cause higher levels of anxiety and depression for many reasons.

Read More »

Appointment Request

HeartCare Associates of Connecticut provides the highest level of care to our patients. From treatments of common coronary problems, to non-invasive and state-of-the-art procedures, to life saving surgeries our dedicated and compassionate staff will make you feel at ease.

Some of the most common illnesses and issues we treat are:

  • Aneurysms

  • Cardiac Catherterization, Angiography & Stenting

  • Congestive Heart Failure Treatment Center

  • Coronary Bypass Surgery

  • Coronary Heart Disease

  • Coumadin & Anticoagulation Clinic

  • Diabetes

  • Dizziness, Palpitations, & Heart Rhythmn

  • Heart Valve Problems

  • High Cholesterol & Triglycerides

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

  • Nuclear Cardiac Scanning

  • Nutrition Programs

  • Pacemakers

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Preventive Health Programs

  • Stroke Prevention

  • Swelling (Edema) of the Legs & Ankles

  • Treatment & Prevention of Obesity

  • Ultrasound Testing & Echocardiography

  • Vein Care

  • Womens Health