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Gain a Positive Outlook during Healthy Weight Week

January 18th marks the beginning of Healthy Weight Week. If you’re tired of hearing about ways to achieve the ideal body, and creating New Year’s Resolutions, we urge you to keep reading. Healthy Weight Week is an initiative sponsored by Green Mountain at Fox Run, a retreat that helps women find a healthy weight for their unique body types using a holistic approach. This campaign isn’t about numbers on a scale, fad diets, or reaching the idealistic perception of the perfect body. Healthy Weight Week encourages individuals to embrace their body type, build better relationships with food and exercise, and release self-negativity to achieve a healthy, sustainable weight.

According to 65 percent of those who lose weight using a fad diet will regain all of the weight lost. Embracing an approach that promotes consuming nutritious foods and participating in regular enjoyable exercise, will help you escape the frustrating cycle of weight loss and gain. Studies also show that over 95 percent of dieters relapse from an eating and exercising plan within five years or sooner. Focusing on overall health instead of numbers, measurements, and sizes will promote long-term success and wellness. (

Self-acceptance and reduced negativity fosters emotional, physical, and mental well-being. The American Psychological Association (APA) states that emotional well-being impacts weight loss. Thirty-six percent of individuals in the United States deal with life stressors by eating or drinking. If you are considering weight loss, APA suggests identifying stressors that trigger unhealthy behaviors, and then practicing mindful eating habits with the support of family and friends. (

A mere five to 10 percent reduction in weight can provide numerous health benefits which can be achieved through small but powerful lifestyle changes, like paying attention to your body’s hunger cues. Eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full, choosing to make nutritious choices, and reducing stress can all play a big role in your overall success. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) states that modest weight loss improves the symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, insulin resistance, sleep apnea, and inflammation. (

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to reducing the risks of developing many health-related conditions. By shifting the way you think about food, embracing your natural shape, and engaging in pleasurable physical activities, you can find emotional and physical balance. Using the approach promoted during Healthy Weight Week, you’ll enjoy gaining a healthy outlook throughout your weight loss journey.

For more information on Healthy Weight Week, including daily educational tips, visit

Greater Boston Urology (GBU) commends the perseverance and commitment needed to maintain a healthy weight. This is the first and very important step towards better health.

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