Center for Primary Care Offers Tips for Healthy Weight Week

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People seeking to lose weight must focus on other goals rather than solely the weight loss goal.

Jan. 19-25 is Health Weight Week, and the Center for Primary Care has some helpful tips for people seeking to lose weight as one of their New Year’s resolutions.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help prevent and control many diseases and conditions. Overweight or obese individuals are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, gallstone, breathing problems and certain cancers. It also helps people to feel good about themselves and gives them more energy to enjoy life. Changing the approach to weight loss can help people be more successful at weight management. Most people who are trying to lose weight focus on just the goal of weight loss. However, setting the right goals and focusing on lifestyle changes such as following a healthy eating plan, watching portion sizes, being physically active, and reducing sedentary time are much more effective.

Useful goals should be specific, attainable and forgiving. "Exercise more" is a great goal, but it's not specific. "Walk 30 minutes every day" is attainable, but what happens when work calls or there’s a thunderstorm during the designated walking time? "Walk 30 minutes, five days per week" is specific, doable, and forgiving.

Shaping is a behavioral technique in which a series of short-term goals are selected in order to get closer and closer to an ultimate goal (e.g., an initial reduction of fat intake from 40 percent of calories to 35 percent of calories, and later to 30 percent). It is based on the concept that "nothing succeeds like success." Shaping uses two important behavioral principles: consecutive goals that move someone ahead in small steps are the best way to reach a distant point and consecutive rewards keep the overall effort invigorated. Eat slower for the body to get the message from the brain that’s it’s “full.” It takes 15 minutes for the brain to receive that message from the stomach. Identify food “triggers.” If eating at night while watching television is a problem, try reading a book instead. Keep a log of foods eaten, calories consumed and weight. Finally, reward success, just not with food.

Center for Primary Care has seven locations throughout the CSRA. For more information, please visit their website at, or email info(at)cpcfp(dot)com.

About the company:
Center for Primary Care has been a leader in family medicine for families of the CSRA since 1993. The family medical practice features 27 family doctors, and seven existing locations throughout the Augusta, GA area. The primary care facility offers convenient office hours that include weekday evenings as well as weekend acute care.

CPC provides patients of all ages with the most accessible, convenient, personal healthcare available in a family practice. Among the many services offered include routine evaluations, physical exams by a family physician, diagnostic imaging, and preventative care. Listings for all seven locations, including specific physicians, directions, and hours of operations can be found on the Center for Primary Care’s website. For more information visit their website at

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