SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

Riverside Medical Center

January 21, 2010 17:02 ET

Losing Weight: Riverside Medical Center Helps Patients Plan for Success

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - The new year is historically a time where many Americans reflect back on the past twelve months and decide to make positive changes, particularly involving diet and exercise. Many are lured by fad diets promising rapid weight loss and a quick fix; but the staff at Riverside Medical Center knows the ins and outs of Chicagoland healthcare and encourages less extreme measures that offer more long-term health benefits.

If anyone understands this principle it is Riverside Medical Center Registered Dietician Nikki Dewalt, MS, RD, LDN. Dewalt works with men, women and children within the south Chicago healthcare system and offers sound advice for anyone starting a weight loss program. "If you want to lose weight, a long-term program of healthy eating and exercise is still the best method around. It's not new, and it may not be the fad of the moment. For most people, however, it works."

The current research indicates that people who lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week are more likely to maintain their healthy new weight. With the help of doctors and dieticians, people in the south Chicago hospital area are making changes that will last a lifetime by increasing physical activity and implementing healthy eating habits.

By losing weight, the risk of many obesity-related chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes is dramatically reduced. A weight loss of just 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight could cause improvements in your blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Studies also show the only way to maintain weight loss is to exercise regularly. As a general rule, five hours of moderately intense activity a week will keep the weight off.

Most adults should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week to meet weight-management goals, according to the NIH. Before starting a new exercise program, take the time to speak with your doctor to ensure you are on the right path to your lifelong health and fitness goals.

For more information about weight loss or the other quality services offered by Riverside Medical Center, visit or call (815) 933-1671.

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