‘Healthy Weight Week’ strives for healthier habits, not diets

| January 23, 2015 | 1 Comment
File photo  Having more fruits and beans/legumes, in addition to lean meats, is a lifetime strategy.

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Having more fruits and beans/legumes, in addition to lean meats, is a lifetime strategy.

TRICARE
News Release

When most people hear the term healthy weight, they immediately think of the D-word … yes, diet.

However, Healthy Weight Week was established to encourage people to stop dieting and understand that health really isn’t about a number, but about living your natural weight supported by healthy living.

 

New habits

Each January, Healthy Weight Week encourages healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. A healthy weight is not weight achieved through restricted eating, typically the opposite happens.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan includes the following:

•Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.

•Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.

•Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

•Stays within your daily calorie needs.

Each person’s body is unique and has different caloric needs. If you are maintaining your current body weight, you are in caloric balance. If you need to gain weight or to lose weight, you’ll need to tip the balance scale in one direction or the other.

The United States Department of Agriculture has an interactive tool to monitor food intake and physical activity called the SuperTracker. You can also use tools on your mobile phone or low-tech tools like a food or physical activity diary.

Available Tools

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get to a healthy weight, or are just looking for tools to maintain your health, visit TRICARE’s Healthy Living section on the Web. There are tools there to help with adopting a healthy lifestyle, as well as information about your health and wellness coverage.

Visit these sites:

•www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/PreventiveServices.aspx.

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