Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Strive for a Healthy Weight
February’s Healthy Living message is “Strive for a Healthy Weight.” Truman VA dietitians work with Veterans each day concerning the importance of eating a healthy diet and maintaining an appropriate weight. Many Veterans have questions about the best way to achieve a healthier lifestyle through weight loss. However, losing weight often can be difficult to achieve. Here are a few thoughts to consider:
- According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 82 percent of Americans don’t want to give up foods they like to live healthier. Healthy living is healthy eating, and dietitians understand that food nourishes not only the body but also the spirit. Through moderation or portion control, no food “is off the table.” For Veterans who want to lose weight, talking to a dietitian about individual goals often can result in a realistic eating plan that promotes healthy weight loss.
- Have you ever found yourself questioning what you are doing wrong with your diet after following the latest weight-loss fad? The definition of “fad” is an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived. Weight loss should not be considered a short-term goal. Following an achievable diet and fitness plan that is maintainable is key!
- A diet to live by can be difficult to define. However, most would agree that:
- Whole vegetables and fruit should be a part of every eating plan.
- Know what you are eating or drinking by learning to read a food label.
- Ask yourself, "can I eat this way for the rest of my life?" If the answer is no, the plan is not for you.
For more information on healthy weight loss, visit https://www.prevention.va.gov/docs/NCP-HL-Handout-StriveForAHealthyWeight-May2017-508Version.pdf