Creating a Body Weight Graph

Creating a Body Weight Graph

Earlier this week, I discussed the importance of knowing your BMI and how to go about doing so. We know you’ll likely want to make lifestyle changes going into 2015, so today, I’m going to share with you my own experience of creating a body weight graph for myself, which I have been doing since 1984 up until now!

I know that anything from life events to stress, mood disorder or even medication can start adding up the pounds. For me and any woman with children, even pregnancy and menopause play a huge role in those weight shifts we experience as we age, and it’s important to take note of them and map your journey.

I would recommend creating a Lifestyle Events – Body Weight graph for yourself, and here’s how and why.

To make the graph, place time on the horizontal line and weight on the vertical line. Here’s a rough look at what mine shows from the past 28 years!

 

Making a change

Take your graph to your doctor and talk to them about what lifestyle changes may help you reach your goal. You may even want to consider an interventionalist with two face to face encounters monthly, for six months. Skeptical? Continued treatment with an interventionalist for an entire year has been shown to produce an average 8% weight loss!

Reevaluating your diet

As for your diet, all I can say is that you should be honest with yourself and choose one that you know you can stick to and stay on for as long as possible! Here are some foods to try incorporate:

  • Minimally processed foods
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Seafood
  • Plain yogurt
  • Vegetable oils
  • Minimally processed whole grains

Don’t forget to exercise

It goes without saying, but exercising often is the key to staying healthy. Start simply with a brisk, ten-minute walk five days a week and work your way up to 30 minutes – you will certainly feel a difference!

At Likewise we know how hard it is to make a change and we fully support you. Stay tuned into Blog Buzz every week – we’re here to educate, inspire and help you!

Good luck!

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD