The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. More than one-third of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been steadily growing over the past 30 years.
The health risks of obesity are well-known. Obese people are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes.
But it’s not just about health; obesity also affects quality of life by limiting mobility and self-esteem.
Here’s some advice for people who want to lose weight — including those with medical conditions that make it harder:
Drink more water
If you find yourself reaching for sugary sodas or artificial juices, try drinking more water instead. You lose water throughout the day through bathroom trips and sweating, so it’s important to replenish it. Water helps the body flush out toxins and retain muscle during periods of weight loss.
Eat your fruits and vegetables
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is always a good thing. They provide essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body functioning at its best. Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes gut health.
Exercise helps improve metabolism, as well as increase muscle mass, which can help burn fat faster. It also boosts endorphins, which are in charge of making us feel good, providing a natural mood boost that can help fend off the depression that can come with dieting and losing weight.
Understand why you eat what you do and when
Most people understand that eating junk food isn’t good for them, but they also know it tastes good. If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to recognize that there are many other factors that go into why you eat what you do. If somebody goes grocery shopping on an empty stomach or under stress, or because they feel the need for comfort or reward after a tough day at work or in the middle of a Netflix binge they’re going to make choices that may not be in their best interest.”