Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death that everyone is capable of combatting on a personal level. Unfortunately, the prevalence of this epidemic is continuously increasing every year. As the number of people suffering from obesity increases, so does the number of morbidity cases due to underlying risks caused by obesity. The alarming rate of such situations forced the World Health Organization to promote a healthy lifestyle, incorporating diet and exercise, showcasing the importance to each and everyone’s health.
As people began to value the importance of their health, numerous techniques, natural weight loss diets, and rituals to lose weight started emerging. Weight-loss pills started gaining a lot of attention from all age groups, and gender. These methods of losing weight are not advised since their benefits are usually temporary. They can also cause damage to the body by leaching and depleting necessary valuable nutrients.
In desperation, some choose a ‘starvation diet’ mentality. This type of weight-loss technique not only deprives the body of its daily needs and nourishment, but it also affects the person psychologically because they develop a negative self-image and low self-esteem. There are instances where people choose to eat less; thinking they are doing themselves a favor by eating only once a day. They often fail to lose weight and may even gain weight due to the havoc they are wreaking on their metabolism.
Losing weight is not about having to starve yourself, or picking on minute bits of food, or just eating less. These methods will leave you with an unhealthy preoccupation with food and hunger, and probably encourage you to eat more next time. The primary goal of losing weight is eating healthy and incorporating a better lifestyle.
Choose foods that are healthy over junk foods and fast foods. Excess simple carbohydrates and fats in the diet are the main culprits of weight gain. Decreasing the amount in your daily food intake will significantly affect not only your weight but also your overall health.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Instead of eating a full carbohydrate meal like rice, cereals and bread, opt for food rich in fiber. Aside from having low carbohydrate content, it also helps the digestive system and promotes regular bowel movements.
- Prioritize fresh produce instead of processed food. Processed food has a lot of additives and sugars that are not good for the body. Fresh food has the nutrients and minerals that the body needs for energy and sustenance. Fresh fruits and vegetables have active ingredients like vitamin C and L-Carnitine that can help the body burn and use up body fat.
- Do not skip meals. Contrary to the belief that missing a meal rids you a meal worth of fats when you skip a meal, you will tend to compensate by eating small meals that are heavily loaded with sugars and fats. Instead, choose foods that will be heavier in the stomach or take a little longer to digest and therefore leave you feeling fuller for a longer time.
Protein-rich food like lean meat, fish, shellfish, and lean meat such as chicken breast have low carbohydrate content and make you feel fuller for longer. This will reduce the urge to eat between meals. Furthermore, the body will burn stored fats since it needs the energy to digest these types of food.
A healthy diet should also be combined with regular exercise and good sleeping habits. Weight loss goals should be a part of a larger plan for improved overall health. Making healthy lifestyle choices now will provide benefits for a lifetime. Choose to be healthy, and make better day-by-day decisions until these become a habit.