HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Your weight plays a key role in your overall health.

Macie Dieckman, a registered dietitian with Novant Health Oncology Nutrition Services, shares strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.

Talking Points

  • Reduce added sugar and saturated fat intake
  • Add fruits, vegetables, omega-3-rich fats, and whole grains
  • Try cooking at home more
  • There are 3 macronutrients – carbohydrate, protein, and fat – whether you need to count them or not depends on your goals
  • If you are trying to build muscle, counting your protein intake to make sure you’re meeting targets could be helpful
  • Counting causes increased stress or anxiety around food for some, however
  • Focus on what the meal looks like as a whole (a balance of protein, healthy fats, and whole grains is ideal)
  • Body image is highly personal, but building confidence in your current self and ability, no matter what your body type, is key to changing habits
  • How you fuel your body impacts your energy levels and mood
  • Energy and mood impact your motivation to improve other aspects of your life

Diet culture would have us believe that we can go on x diet, lose weight, and then we are done. In reality, sustainable change that impacts your daily life long-term is what helps people reach their goals and stay there.