Maintaining a Healthy Weight
By Kristyn, age 20, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
Summer's coming to an end, and the tasty fall treats will arrive before you know it! Some of us may be excited, but it is important to understand balance, and what's a healthy weight for yourself.
Just because bathing suit season is ending, it doesn't mean we shouldn't care. It is important that we eat three healthy balanced meals a day, with a couple healthy snacks in between. Of course, it's okay to splurge! Just remember how much you're splurging. I recommend that you keep a food journal so you are taking note of what you're eating and how much you're eating.
It is recommended that everyone should participate in physical activity 4 times a week, 30 minutes per day. If you enjoy exercising and you would like to lose weight, you can consider increasing your workouts to 5-6 days a week, or consider strength training your muscles. If you prefer outdoor activities rather than a fitness center, great activities include jogging, dancing, walking, sprinting, soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, and tennis.
However, be careful you don't overdo your physical fitness. Recent studies have revealed problems with this. In fact, there is a newly diagnosed disease called 'exercise anorexia'. This is when someone calculates the amount of calories they take in per day, and then burns them all off in their workout, usually on an exercise machine. The average woman should take in 1,300-1,500 calories per day to stay healthy. If you burn off all the calories you take in each day in your workout, you could damage your body internally.
It's important to know healthy tips when it comes to balancing your choices. If you're considering weight loss or weight gain, make sure you are aware of the consequences and risks that come along with them.