Heartburn? Lose Weight for Relief
How to Choose a Weight Loss Plan for Heartburn continued...
The important thing is to set daily calorie goals that are right for your
age, activity level, gender, and weight loss goals. Your calorie goal should be
no lower than 1,200 calories a day, and no higher than 2,400 calories a day.
Aim for reasonable weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week.
Remember, daily physical activity can help you lose weight and reduce stress
levels. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Gardening, house
cleaning, and walking count.
Heartburn Diet Tips
No matter which diet plan you choose, these tips can help ease heartburn
while you lose weight.
- While you’re losing weight, avoid foods and drinks that trigger your
heartburn, such as coffee, tomatoes, and spicy foods. You may be able to eat
some of those foods after you’ve lost weight, but it’s best to avoid them at
first. You can reintroduce them into your diet gradually, one by one, after
you’ve reached your weight goal.
- Steer clear of fried foods, chocolate, and alcohol. They commonly trigger
heartburn. By avoiding these foods, you can cut calories without compromising
- Divide your calories into smaller meals throughout the day. Smaller,
frequent meals will reduce overeating and minimize abdominal pressure. If three
square meals are what fit best into your life, keep portions small and try not
to overfill your stomach.
- Skip late night snacks. Try to eat your last meal several hours before
bedtime. And remember to eat slowly and leisurely when you dine.
The bottom line? If you are overweight, you can likely ease your heartburn
symptoms by losing some of those extra pounds. Plus you’ll boost your overall
health – and put the zip back in your step.