Healthy Living

Healthy living is more than a series of numbers and calculations – it is about taking ownership of your mind, body and spirit. St. Vincent Healthcare-Weight Management can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight that enables you to do the things you love to do.

Healthy living can also be fun. Our team of experts will help you incorporate exercise into your daily routine, learn how to make and eat nutritious meals in the proper amount, and develop a positive relationship with food.

WELLBEING

Your wellbeing means your body, mind and spirit are working together to provide you with optimal health, physical fitness and a positive outlook. A sense of wellbeing is an asset in a successful weight loss program.

Understanding Obesity
Research has shown there are many factors determining how much a person weighs. Eating too much and exercising too little contribute to obesity, as do personal genetics. Currently, about two-thirds of all Americans are above his or her ideal body weight. One in three American adults is obese, and one-third of children and adolescents are obese.

Like high blood pressure, diabetes and depression, obesity results from a genetic predisposition combined with environmental factors. In fact, a child with one obese parent has a 30% chance of becoming obese. A child with two obese parents has a 70% chance of becoming obese. Obesity is a chronic condition that cannot be cured; but it can be controlled.

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

  1. Eat breakfast everyday.
  2. Spread your calories throughout the day.
  3. Ideally strive for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner.
  4. All foods are fair game but try to stay within your calorie budget.
  5. Do NOT go on a diet.
  6. Make changes that are sustainable in day-to-day living.
  7. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day.
  8. Increase your overall activity level.
  9. Wear a pedometer and try to reach 10,000 steps each day.
  10. Desserts can be part of a weight loss program.
  11. Celebrate your successes and milestones.
  12. Think of food as fuel for your body - high octane or low grade?

Body Fat Percentage
The body is composed of fat tissue, muscle, organ tissue, bone, blood and water. A certain amount of fat is essential to bodily functions. Though too much fat is not healthy.

The following table describes body fat ranges and their associated categories:

Classification         
    Women (%)    
    Men (%)    
Essential Fat
10-12%
2-4%
Athletes
14-20%
6-13%
Fitness
21-24%
14-17%
Acceptable
25-31%
18-25%
Obese
32+%
25+%