Last updated 17 days ago
Obesity is one of the leading health concerns for Americans of all ages and there is no single clear-cut solution that will treat the problem. Obesity is a complex issue with a number of contributing causes, so it is not an issue that will be fixed overnight on a personal or widespread level. Still, there are some areas that are known to have an effect on obesity and should be addressed by those who need to lose weight. The right diet may have a profound impact on the fight against obesity, but many people have trouble identifying what the right diet includes. This article offers some perspective on the dietary needs of obese individuals looking to control their weight.
Eating Habits for Weight Loss
When you change your eating habits, you will want to have clear weight loss goals in mind. Regardless of how much weight you want to lose, you should aim to shed 1-2 pounds each week, as this is considered a safe rate for long-term weight loss. An ideal goal is to lose 5-10% of your weight over six months, which will be achieved by simply burning more calories than you take in.
You may need to reduce your daily caloric intake by up to 1,000 calories depending on your current eating habits, activity level, and weight loss goals. 1,000 calories per day is on the low side of how many calories you should consume daily, while 1,600 is on the higher side for a weight loss diet.
Balanced Food Choices
Counting calories is only part of the equation for weight loss success. Instead of considering yourself on a diet, you should view your dietary changes as lifestyle habits that will continue after you reach a target weight. This means making food choices that are nutritionally rich but low in calories. You should avoid restricting yourself, but rather open up your choices by remembering to eat a wide variety of healthier foods each day.
When diet is not enough to promote weight loss that will get your health back on track, weight loss surgery is an effective treatment option that you might consider. At Riverside Community Hospital, you can find surgical weight loss services along with the classes and support groups you need to get educated about these procedures. To begin exploring bariatric surgery under our care, visit our website or call (951) 788-3463.
Last updated 24 days ago
Lung cancer is among the most fatal types of cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable. During the month of November, there are several awareness events that can help you see the devastation caused by lung cancer and the ways that it could be avoided. Smoking is by far the leading risk for this disease, so November may be the month that you choose to quit.
At Riverside Community Hospital, you can learn more about the risks and prevention tactics for lung cancer so that this disease does not continue to take the lives of millions of Americans each year. The hospital will be hosting a community lecture and dinner that will bring a panel of experts to Riverside to discuss the best strategies for prevention and treatment.
If you want to RSVP for the community lecture and dinner, call Riverside Community Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3463. You can also connect with us online to see a complete calendar of our upcoming community events.
Last updated 27 days ago
When you get wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays, you might start to let your fitness routine slide, which is a common trend for the winter season. Combine a declining workout schedule with the rich cuisine of the holidays, and you may begin to feel less energetic as you notice a few extra pounds accumulate around your waistline. These effects can put added stress on your heart, especially when you consider the other ways that the winter season can negatively impact your health.
It’s not just the holidays that you have to worry about when it comes to unhealthy food choices. Winter meals are generally heavier and richer with ingredients like cream, butter, and cheese that can be detrimental for your cholesterol. You may notice more temptation around the office as coworkers bring in baked goods and other seasonal treats that further destroy your diet. You don’t have to give up your favorite winter foods completely to stay healthy, but you might swap out some of the more decadent ingredients and try to pass on the holiday cookies where possible.
As you dig out heavy boxes of holiday decorations and prepare to hang outdoor lights, remember that these chores may be more activity than your body is expecting. Take your time as you complete seasonal chores so that you are able to rest and avoid sudden, intense stress that can limit cardiac function.
Through all the festivities of the holidays, stress may be lurking as your schedule fills up and your shopping list gets longer. Stress can be very hard on your heart along with the rest of your body, so you’ll want to make sure that you stop and breathe when you feel stress getting the best of you.
Are you worried about your heart health? The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital can help you explore your risk factors for heart disease and learn new strategies for boosting your cardiac health. Visit us online or call (951) 788-3463 to find a member of our cardiac team who can help you.
Last updated 1 month ago
Every November, millions of Americans join together to improve their health by taking control of their worst habits with the Great American Smokeout, led by the American Cancer Society. This annual tradition has taken place since the 1970s, and it has shown millions of smokers the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting.
Within just 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops down to normal. Once you have quit for weeks or months, your health continues to improve, with your cancer risk eventually declining by half. Quitting begins with the first day of smoking cessation, which may be much easier with the group effort made during the Great American Smokeout.
If you want to participate in this Great American Smokeout and stick to your resolution to quit, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463 for resources that can help you.
Last updated 1 month ago
Riverside Community Hospital has been serving the Inland Empire region since 1901, continually growing through the years to meet the growing needs of the community. As this video explains, the hospital boasts the largest ER in the region with accreditation as a Chest Pain Center to offer the highest level of care possible. Today, Riverside Community Hospital is investing in the community once more by expanding with a multi-million dollar project expected to be completed in 2017.
You can learn more details about what you will see in the future at Riverside Community Hospital by visiting our website or calling (951) 788-3463. We are committed to maintaining quality care with the latest technologies offered within a modern, comfortable setting where every member of the community can feel welcome.