Weighing Your Options For Losing Weight: A Checklist
Read enough magazines or watch enough infomercials and it’s easy to lose sight of the real goal of weight loss. Achieving a healthy weight is about much more than just looking good in a swimsuit.
People who are in a normal weight range have less risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Losing weight also lessens the burden on your weight-bearing joints.
For people who are extremely overweight, weight-loss surgery or medical weight loss can be a way to put them on track.
Are you a good candidate? Use this checklist to find out:
- I have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI of 30 or more along with an obesity-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes.
- I have already tried dieting and exercise to lose weight.
- I know weight-loss surgery or medical weight loss isn’t a quick fix and that I have to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.
- I have health issues that might be helped by weight loss, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.