Happy New Year 2022!

The last two years have been quite challenging and extremely stressful for everyone. SARS-2 Coronavirus has ravaged our planet, infecting a massive number of humans and taking the lives of millions. The total number of casualties is much more than any war has witnessed in recent history. Masks, social distancing have become a part of our everyday lives, much to everyone’s displeasure. Terms like quarantine, isolation, vaccines, immunization, which were only in medical textbooks, became a part of everydays’ vocabulary. Despite historical obstacles, we did not succumb; vaccines and antiviral medications were invented and rolled out in record time. Within months of the pandemic, we could arm ourselves with potent tools to fight this vicious virus. Brilliant minds, top-notch medical science, and technology had made this possible in record time. 

Hence there is still light at the end of the tunnel. Let's count our blessings and start 2022 with renewed energy to overcome our challenges and accomplish our dreams. 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 :

  1. 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.
  2. Track your weight weekly on the same scale in the morning without clothes and maintain a log.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Make use of technology. Apps like MyFitness Pal, Fitbit make tracking more accessible right from the palm of your hand.
  6. Clear your mind of all conflicts. Emotional instability can lead to binge eating, insomnia, depression, and weight gain. 
  7. 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.
  8. If you have been putting off the doctor’s visit due to COVID, make it a priority. 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, Somerset, NJ. She is actively involved in spreading awareness about Obesity through her blogs, radio shows, podcasts, Youtube channel, and publications.

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