June is National Safety Month and there are many ways to be and stay safe.
One of the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 9 Healthy Living Messages is "BE SAFE." Be safe in all aspects of your life...to include trying to lose weight.
What is a "safe" amount of weight to lose? A gradual weight loss of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week is recommended.
Be safe and Avoid Fad Diets! They do not work. They may help you lose a short-term weight, but you'll gain it right back. This is because these fad diets do not help you change your eating or physical activity for the long haul. Signs of a fad diet include:
(www.move.va.gov M01 Skip the Fad Diet - Go the Healthy Way)
What is a "safe" weight loss diet plan? Remember - there are no good or bad foods. Key is not making foods "off limits," but to eat with:
(www.move.va.gov N01 All Foods Can Fit)
Be "safe" when you exercise.
(www.move.va.gov P19 When to Stop Exercising)
All 9 Healthy Living Messages can be found at www.prevention.va.gov