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Weight gain and obesity are among the chief health concerns in the developed world today, with over 60 million people in the United States affected by obesity.
Adults usually gain weight as a result of an increase in storage fat or lean body mass. Obesity and weight problems to people whose weight increases due to too much storage fat.
Although too much body fat is a bad thing and can lead to obesity, we all need it in certain amounts. It stores energy, insulates the body and protects organs, but most people have more than they really need.
There are many reasons why people become overweight. Some people inherit it genetically, others overeat, while stopping smoking, lack of exercise, too much alcohol or not enough exercise can also be contributing factors.
The symptoms of being overweight can also easily be spotted. These include:
* shortness of breath when exercising
* difficulty in walking and moving around
* depression or other emotional problems
* aching back and knees
* coronary heart disease
* irregular heartbeat
* swelling of the feet or legs
* increased cholesterol levels
* osteoarthritis in some joints
* increased blood pressure
How can you deal with obesity?
The two main causes of obesity are the consumption of pre-packaged and junk foods, and a lack of exercise and outdoor activities.
It has now become a very serious problem in Western societies. It has been recorded in some European countries that school uniforms for children and teenagers are, on average, being produced in larger sizes.
Obesity in society is a complex problem and there are many causes. However, for most people, a few lifestyle changes can reverse the ill-effects of obesity. If you suffer from obesity, reaching your healthy weight is an attainable goal, no matter how daunting it may seem at first.
Whether you go it alone or look for the help and advice of a dietitian, you need to examine your diet. Cutting back on the amount you eat or changing the types of food you eat can make a big difference.
However, crash diets are not the answer. You should be able to eat a healthy, tasty, balanced diet and lose weight at the same time. The food pyramid will show you how to meet all your nutritional needs.
Pick a healthy meal plan that is low in calories and suits your taste. Try to stick to this and do not to give into temptation. Eating healthily does not mean you can not eat well so check out some cook books on how to spice up healthy meals.
Exercising regularly is a vital part of losing weight. Not only will it help you lose weight, it will keep you feeling healthier and happier, and you will have much more energy for the things you enjoy doing. Although it may not seem like an attractive prospect at first, you will be glad you did it once you get into the habit.
Doctors recommend that we do some form of exercise that increases our heart rate for at least 30 minutes every day. Not only will this help you lose the pounds, it also burns off toxins in the body that can make you ill, and prevent any number of health problems.
Do not bite off more than you can chew. The trick is to start slowly. Walking is an excellent form of exercise. Start with short distances and you will soon be comfortable walking, or even jogging, for a few miles.
Of course, there are many, many sports and activities you can take part in. Tennis, dancing, martial arts, football, the list is endless.
If you are unsure about it, try going along to your local gym and talk to a personal trainer who will take you through the first steps and come up with a plan that will bring you back to full fitness and help you lose the pounds.
Losing weight is not always easy. Most likely you will have to make some significant changes in your lifestyle. You may have to abstain from some of your favorite foods and be active when you just feel like watching some TV. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life.
Also remember that your actions will have a knock-on effect on those around you. If you are fit and healthy, your family and friends will be more likely go be fit and healthy so you will be doing a lot of good.
Obesity is a big problem in the United States today and for many people it is something they can not avoid. However, for many of us it is a choice we make, a choice about our lifestyle. We owe it to ourselves and those around us to choose a healthy lifestyle that involves good eating and exercise.