For many people, being overweight makes them feel less attractive and socially awkward. However, there are more serious challenges beyond that of appearance associated with being obese or at an unhealthy weight. Too many extra pounds can lead to a wide range of health problems, from things that affect your skin, your bones, your muscles, and your organ functions. While there are many dieting options available to help you get on track, it is important to understand that a lifetime of poor eating and exercise habits won’t be cured overnight.
Weight Trends across the Country
Some of the latest statistics show that over 40% of the U.S. population is considered obese. With the number of fast-food options, processed food, and busy lifestyle meal options readily increasing, the number will far surpass the current 100 million obese adults in the United States as time goes on. Many feel that it is their lifestyle that keeps them from choosing healthy meals or hitting the gym more often, while others complain that the price of eating organic or more healthy exceeds their typical grocery budget. The consequences of being overweight will inevitably cost more time and money than goes into being healthy from the beginning. The physical problems of being obese can include serious problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. You will also have low energy, reduced immunity, and poor circulation. Those who are obese also tend to suffer more emotional damage, struggling with feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, and stress. Negative emotional health can further complicate the struggle to get your weight on track.
Beating Dieting Problems
There are many fad diets that promise results, but these are not a solution to your weight problems. It takes time to alter your mindset and change your ideas about eating and activity levels. The battle to lose weight is more than just shedding a few (or several) pounds. The struggle is maintaining the loss and integrating healthy eating habits and beneficial exercise routines. This takes effort, as you need to adapt your routine and ideas to be more centered on the ultimate goal of a healthy lifestyle. Successful weight loss can start with a quality, professional program like the HCG diet and move forward with personal choices that support the loss you experienced during your journey. The HCG protocol works with your body’s ability to use up stored fat for energy, while you train your body to accept less intake and reset your metabolism. Once you notice the pounds slipping away, it becomes much easier to stay on track emotionally, physically, and mentally. To keep the weight off, there are two simple tips you can keep in mind to help you be successful.
The best way to stay on track with what you are eating and drinking is through a food diary. Monitoring your intake is critical for a successful dieting and lifestyle change. While you may be more comfortable using a notebook, there are many smartphone apps that can help you log the food that you consume. Some apps have a calorie counter for the foods you log, and that may be helpful if you are trying to stick to a calorie per day limit. The tracker is used to help see what foods you are eating, both positive and negative, as well as the time or situation where you tend to eat. Looking back through your journal will show you what situations encourage you to eat more or turn to unhealthy snack choices. You can also record your weight on a weekly basis to see what progress or maintenance is occurring.
If you want to keep your diet on track, choose lots of colorful foods and those that are rich in nutrients. The body needs certain vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and happy, and the best way to achieve this is through a diet that has a foundation in nutrient-dense foods. Your meal plan should have 25% protein, 50% vegetables and fruits, and 25% whole grain foods. The body should also be getting about 30 grams of fiber each day. While you are improving your intake of these areas, you should be decreasing your consumption of trans and saturated fats. You should steer your grocery shopping toward green, leafy vegetables, colorful berries, bright citrus, fish, seeds, legumes, nuts, and whole grains like oatmeal or brown rice. You should keep foods with added sugars and oils such as baked goods, processed foods like chips or packaged meals, fatty red meats, and white flour bread products out of your shopping cart.
Paying more attention to your intake is the best way to get your dietary habits back on track. Don’t fall victim to a fad diet. Put in the time and effort to make a lifestyle change.
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