America’s number 1 enemy, obesity

Tammy Ruggles

The biggest part of Americans are overweight. According to NIH (The National Institute of Health), 1 in 3 adults in the US are obese.

And it isn’t just America who has a weight problem. Countries like China and Japan, who have never dealt with an obesity problem before, now find themselves in the same situation as America.

The main concern is that being overweight affects all areas of your health.

Not only does carrying around extra weight make you feel heavy, it can contribute to other health problems like sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol, painful joints, and heart disease.

The Surgeon General reports that a body that is 20% overweight is prone to major health problems. Life expectancy is greatly reduced in someone who is obese. The good news is that these risk factors can be virtually eliminated by losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Eating the wrong foods, eating too much food, lack of exercise, genetics, stress, emotional eating, and a slow metabolism are the major contributing factors in obesity.

Whatever the causes may be, obesity can be managed or eliminated by having a low-fat diet and engaging in exercise. Even if you can’t lose all of the weight you need to, losing even some of it will improve your health.

Losing weight isn’t easy to do. If it were, everyone would be trim. But you have to start somewhere, and that means checking with your doctor, who can advise you on a plan that is safe and right for you. Going it alone into a crash diet or hardcore detoxification isn’t a good idea. You will put the weight back on, and chances are you’ll gain even more than you lost. Detoxing is a good idea, however, if carried out under the advice of a doctor, nutritionist, or healthcare expert.

Tips for successful and safe weight loss:

  • Setting small goals is easier and better than setting big ones:
  • Substituting junk food for fruits and vegetables is a good way to start.
  • Eating smaller portions is another good way to start losing weight.
  • Taking a walk around the block or going swimming are perfect ways to start an exercise routine.
  • Don’t deprive yourself of the foods you love, unless a doctor advises against it. If you do, you’ll just give in to temptation and eat more than you should. When you do indulge, again, do so in smaller portions.
  • Count calories. Try to stay within a range that is right for your height, weight, and activity level.
  • Switch out colas for water. Water is a mineral that our bodies must have, and has 0 calories. Sodas are notorious for keeping weight on the body. Sugar and caffeine are addictive substances, so this makes it doubly difficult to toss the pop. Try an experiment yourself. Drink no soft drinks for 30 days, eat what you normally would, and see if you lose any weight, weighing yourself beforehand and after, of course.
  • Stay away from fast foods. They may be addictively delicious, but are loaded with fat and calories. If you have to stop at a fast food restaurant, try to choose a salad or something from the low-cal menu.

Conquering America’s number one enemy, obesity, may seem like a daunting task, but it isn’t if we take it one step at a time, one person at a time.

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Tammy Ruggles