Getting to a Healthy Weight

Getting to a healthy weight can have lots of benefits for your body and your mind. If you’ve tried to lose weight before, you know how hard it can be to beat cravings and stay motivated. To help you get started, we’ve put together some ideas and inspiration. With these tools, you’ll be on your way to eating healthy, knowing what might be getting in your way, and starting your new health goals.

Understanding the risks of being overweight

Your weight may put you at risk for prediabetes. There are steps you can take to control prediabetes. The first is to know if you are at risk.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is harder to live with than prediabetes.

That makes prediabetes a big deal. It puts you at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. You can have prediabetes and not even know you have it.

Finding your motivation

Use what is important and meaningful to you as your inspiration. Focusing on what is important can be a source of encouragement and support in reaching your goal.

Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Being able to care for my family
  • Feeling my best
  • Reducing my risk of having problems with my heart
  • Living my best life
  • Being able to do the things that I enjoy

What should I consider doing?

Write down what is important to you and keep it in a place that you will see it every day. This could be:

  • on your phone background
  • a note on your refrigerator, with your medications, or with your toothbrush
  • any place that you will see it everyday

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