Is Your Health At Risk? Do You Need To Diet?
A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people keep up a pattern of eating more calories than they burn, more and more fat builds up in their bodies.
Eventually, the body gets to a point where the amount of body fat can have a negative effect on a person's health. Doctors use the terms "overweight" or "obese" to describe when someone is at greatest risk of developing weight-related health problems.
As you've probably heard, more people are overweight today than ever before. Experts are calling this an "obesity epidemic." This health problem affects young people as well as adults - one third of all kids between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese.
Obesity tends to run in families. Some people have a genetic tendency to gain weight more easily than others because they burn calories more slowly. During times when food was scarce, this was a real advantage. But now that food is available 24/7 in most industrialized countries, an efficient metabolism that once ensured our survival now works to our disadvantage.
Although genes strongly influence body type and size, the environment also plays a role. People today may be gaining weight because of unhealthy food choices (like fast food) and family habits (like eating in front of the television instead of around a table). High-calorie, low-nutrient snacks and beverages, bigger portions of food, and less-active lifestyles are all contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Sometimes people turn to food for emotional reasons, such as when they feel upset, anxious, sad, stressed out, or even bored. When this happens, they often eat more than they need
However, losing weight isn't just about looking good, it is about feeling good; it's about being healthy and living a productive and comfortable life. Above all, it is about avoiding the terrible health consequences of carrying around excessive weight.
The growing evidence shows that if you are overweight you are more likely to develop health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gout (joint pain caused by excess uric acid), and gallbladder disease. Being overweight can also cause problems such as sleep apnoea (interrupted breathing during sleep) and osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints); and the more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have these health problems.
In comparison, healthy and steady Weight Loss can help improve the harmful effects of being overweight. The latest studies show that by losing as little as 10 to 20 pounds you can dramatically improve your overall health status, whilst significantly diminishing your risk of disease.
The World Has Become SICKLY Obese & at the Fastest Pace Ever!
You may not be obese, but you are likely part of the overweight category. 70% of the entire country of the United States of America is overweight this is over 210,000,000 people (Yes, 210 Million). The rest of the world is fairly close, coming in at around 60% of people being overweight.
This number is only continuing to grow as people are not just eating more, but eating more of the wrong foods. People also are not exercising. When exercise is done, the wrong muscles are worked rather than targeting the muscles that will boost the bodies metabolism and literally melt away fat and cellulite.
Did you know that you can actually lose more weight simply by eating the right metabolism burning foods? There are even certain exercises that will make your body burn more calories while you are resting (and even sleeping)!
This is all possible and just one of the many secrets you'll learn!
So, if this many people are overweight in the world, why isn't everyone at least trying to lose weight?
Well, that is the problem. You, like most people have tried one, two (or maybe even more) diets before. Most diets simply do not work because they are burst diets. They help you lose a few pounds in a couple of weeks and then bang, the weight comes back on.
Most of the weight you lose on "burst" diets like this is water weight. Water is easily removed and easily reintroduced to the body and you can fluctuate 10lbs in a couple of weeks just by losing some water weight! This is not sustainable and this is why you need a long term diet.
***Be aware of what you drink***
It's amazing how many extra calories are in sodas, juices and other drinks. Cutting out soda completely can save you 360 calories or more each day. Avoid diet soda too, the artificial sweeteners tend to make some people hungry. Drink a lot of water. Switching from whole to nonfat or low-fat milk, soy milk or other sugar-free beverages is also a good idea.
***Move your body***
You may find that you don't need to give up calories as much as you need to get off your behind. Try a variety of activities, such as hiking, cycling or rowing until you find ones you like. Even the smallest lifestyle changes like walking to school or jogging up and down the stairs a couple of times before your morning shower can really make a difference. Your goal should be to work up to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week, but it's fine to start out by simply taking a few turns around the block before bed.
Drastic changes are much harder to stick with than small changes. Try reducing the size of the portions you eat and giving up regular soda for a week. Once you have that down, start gradually introducing healthier foods and exercise into your life.
***Stop eating when you're full***
Lots of teens eat when they're bored, lonely or stressed, or keep eating long after they're full simply out of habit. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to recognize how much is in your stomach, so if you slow down it will prevent you from eating more than you need. Take a break before refilling your plate for seconds, and avoid eating when you feel upset or bored.
***Eat less more often***
Many people find that eating a couple of small snacks throughout the day helps them to make healthy choices at meals. Stick a couple of healthy snacks (carrot sticks, a low fat granola bar, pretzels or a piece of fruit) in your backpack so that you can have one or two snacks during the day. Adding healthy snacks to your three squares and eating smaller portions when you sit down to dinner can help you cut calories without feeling deprived.
***Five a day keeps the pounds away***
Trash the junk food and buy lots of fruits and vegetables!
***Avoid fad or prepackaged diets***
If we were meant to eat from cans, they'd grow on trees. It's never a good idea to trade meals for shakes or to give up a food group in the hope that you'll lose weight. We all need a variety of foods to stay healthy. Avoid diet pills (even the over-the-counter or herbal variety) unless your doctor prescribes them.
***Don't banish certain foods***
Don't tell yourself you'll "never" eat your absolute favorite peanut butter chocolate ice cream or a bag of potato chips. Making these foods forbidden is sure to make you want them even more. Besides, you need to have some fat in your diet to stay healthy, so giving up all fatty foods all the time isn't a good idea anyway. The key to long-term success is making healthy choices most of the time. If you want a piece of cake at a party, go for it! But munch on the carrots rather than the chips to balance it out later in the evening.
So you were going to have one cracker with cheese on it and the next thing you know, the box is empty? Drink some water, brush your teeth and move on. Everyone who's ever tried to lose weight has found it challenging. When you slip up, the best idea is to get right back on track and don't look back. Avoid telling yourself that you'll get back on track tomorrow or next week or after New Year's.
Is Your Health At Risk? Do You Need To Diet?