Millions of Americans, today are either obese, or overweight, over the years the rate has nearly tripled. By the year 2023 obesity stands to reach epidemic levels. People who are overweight/obese are at higher risk for diseases such as:
-High blood pressure
Shedding a few pounds can help lower your risk
Most of us opt to try dieting programs, pills, and other supplements to help in the weight loss process. Unfortunately they rarely ever work, and when they do, it usually does not last long, why? Because the minute you stop using these products you stand to gain back all the weight you lost, and then some. Rather then turn to such dieting programs its’ better just to learn how to make healthy choices, and learn how to set realistic goals for yourself.
Tips for loosing weight
1. You gotta eat, many of us get the misconception that by skipping a meal, will help us reach our goal of loosing weight. But the reality is, that starving yourself will get you no where, food is fuel for our body, it increases metabolism, and gives us energy throughout the day. Besides when you skip a meal, your body tries to store it, and it will more than likely go to places you don’t want such as your belly, and when you skip one meal, your more than likely going to eat more than a serving size portion during another meal.
2.Start off with a healthy breakfast, yes I pretty sure we all have heard it a time or two, but yes its true(breakfast is the most important meal of the day). Eating a healthy breakfast will help you start your day and gets your metabolism going, it helps you focus, in which you will need to help you reach your goal.
3. Smaller meals are better
I know most of us are use to the three square meals a day, however, eating 5 smaller meals instead of three large meals, helps increase your metabolism, and you are less likely to overeat.
4. Set goals
Before you began, write down your goals, decide how much weight you want to lose, how to plan on keeping off the pounds that you lost etc, and set realistic goals for yourself, and stick to them.
5.Water, Water, Water
If your like me, water is not my best friend, but it is good for you, it keeps your body hydrated, besides the more water you drink, the less sugar;s and unwanted calories you consume, from drinking soda, and juice.
6. Limit your fat intake,
Fat is essential to our bodies, but we all know too much fat is not good for our bodies, so try healthy fats, such as peanuts, and tuna, but be sure to eat such foods in moderation. Try to include as much fruits and vegetables in diet as you can, as well as whole grain pastas, lean meat, avoid fried foods, these contain alot of fat. Baking and broiling is the healthier choice
Yes, although it is important to eat healthy, but if you want to go all the way, try to include some type of physical activity into your new healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps build muscle, gives you energy, and increases metabolism. Try to include atleast 30min a day, or if you really don’t have the time to join the gym. Try to find a way to incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily routine such as walking to work, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or try to stand on your feet as much as possible, this can help burn calories as well.
Getting a good nights sleep, is also important, when your body is well rested, you function better through out the day.
Remember, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Set realistic goals for yourself, and practice patience, don’t expect to lose anything overnight, its gonna take some time but don’t get discouraged. Pretty soon you will see the results, and you will feel much better about your self, you will look good, and feel good, so good luck and don’t give up.