It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions and losing weight is at the top of many of our lists! As a family caregiver, it’s important for us to remain healthy and watching extra calories is one step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that we can continue to care for our aging parents.
Your Weight Impacts More than You May Think
Even a few extra pounds each year can affect your quality of life. Just a few changes in lifestyle can help you maintain health:
- Losing weight and being physically active can help you control blood sugar levels.
- Even minimal weight loss may take the strain off of knees, hips and back.
- Weight loss may increase sleep quality or decrease apnea.
If you are overweight or obese, losing just 5 percent to 10 percent of your weight can lower your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes or risk of stroke.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health provides additional information that can help you make a plan for eating healthy and reducing calories. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!