We welcome 2023 with hope,optimism and gratitude. The pandemic has taught us how to look for that tiny ray of hope amidst adversity, be eternally grateful for our blessing and to be resilient enough to overcome life’s toughest challenges. As we step into this new year there is a great sense of relief…hopefully we can put COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror and embark on a new journey towards good health and peace. Health, fitness has always been everyone’s new year’s resolution, and this new year it is all the more important to stay healthy. Once the calendar resets to January 1st, we suddenly feel an overwhelming urge to reset our bodies to the healthiest version possible. We jot down the list of things to achieve in the new year. Weight loss is the topmost priority this year again for many; we are excited and overwhelmed to navigate our way through the maze of diet plans, supplements, and medicines.

Here are some quick tips to reach your optimum weight this year and also to keep it off :

  • Set realistic goals. Write down your goal weight and work your way towards it.The weight did not come on overnight, so do not expect it to come down easily either. Another important point is not to compare yourself with your friend or sister who has lost more weight than you. Each and everybody is uniquely different.
  • Track your weight weekly on the same scale in the morning without clothes and maintain a log.
  • Focus on eating healthy. Allot time for smart grocery shopping, meal planning, and preparation. Eating healthy will go a long way in weight loss and improving your energy level, saving you money and time. If time is in short supply, make use of the food delivery services that cater to health-conscious consumers with fresh ingredients and recipes delivered right to your doorstep.
  • Exercise can be fun. Sweating it off on the treadmill is not the only way to burn calories. Choose any physical activity you enjoy doing, be it gardening or walking the dog but maintain a regime.
  • Make use of technology. Apps like MyFitness Pal, Fitbit make tracking more accessible right from the palm of your hand.
  • Clear your mind of all conflicts. Emotional instability can lead to binge eating, insomnia, depression, and weight gain.   
  • Partner with a pal. Having a weight loss partner can be both motivating and supportive. Friendly competition like “Biggest Loser” among girlfriends, family members, or colleagues can give you the best outcome.
  • If you have been putting off the doctor’s visit due to the pandemic, make it a priority this year. An annual wellness exam is essential to screen for obesity and will allow you to discuss your weight issues with your doctor. Most plans cover it without any deductibles or copays. 

    Let’s make this year the best year for health and wellness. Good luck.     

    Author Dr. Aparna Chandra, MD, FOMA Dr. Chandra is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She has been honored with the designation of Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association for her contribution to obesity medicine. Her primary focus has been centered around screening, preventing, and managing obesity. She offers a comprehensive medically supervised weight loss program at Jersey Medical Weight Loss Center, North Brunswick, NJ. She is actively involved in spreading awareness about Obesity through her blogs, radio shows, podcasts, Youtube channel, and publications.

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