Obesity is a Silent Killer

ATTENTION EVERYONE who’s overweight. If there was ever a time to get ourselves motivated to lose those unwanted pounds, this is it. Most people don’t understand what obesity is costing this country. It is killing us financially and physically.

If you thinking I’m talking about the cost of food, I’m not. I talking about the billions of dollars that are spent

to treat obesity. Obesity drastically increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

Let me say it another way, 6 out of every 10 Americans are obese and that number doesn’t even include our children. America, we need to change and change now. I’m not talking about super model skinny either, but having a healthy body weight and a BMI between 20 and 25.

This message is for me as much as anyone else. My husband and I had lost around 40 pounds total and it felt great. Unfortunately, we got a little lazy with our exercise and eating plan after we got a taste of being thinner.

Now, we have gained a some of the pounds back and unless we turn this boat around, we will both be back up to where we first started. It is a never ending struggle but one we have no plans to give up on. If you are overweight, then you aren’t exercising enough and you are consuming too many calories. It’s that simple.

This is common knowledge but what do we do with that information? Instead of eating less food, you need to eat food with fiber that will give you the feeling of being content. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables all contain a lot of fiber so I recommend that you get 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day and 3 servings of whole grains.

Here are some more weight loss strategies:

* Drink non fat milk, zero calories beverages and plenty of water.

* Take your time when eating your meal. When you realize that you are no longer hungry STOP and push away your plate.

* If you go out to dinner, put half of your meal in a to-go container before you even start eating.

* Do not skip meals – always have some type of fruit, vegetable or lean protein nearby.

* Get rid of all high calorie foods in your house. You will not be tempted to eat them if they are not there.

* Write down everything you eat in a given day – You will be amazed how quickly you’ve forgotten what you at in the morning at the end of the day.

* Start exercising – run or walk at least 30 minutes every day.

Does this sound too hard or complex? No, it is so easy but it all depends on your state of mind. You can get started today. Change one meal, one day at a time. One small change is all it takes to get moving in the right direction. Don’t approach this with an all-or-nothing attitude, it is instead slow and steady. Remember this is not a diet but a lifestyle change. There is no use in looking back. Only look forward and let me how your progress goes.

Source by Marilou Lissandrello

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