Being overweight or obese can lead to a range of health problems. Although many different “fad” diets are available, a balanced lifestyle and nutritious diet are the key to healthful living and better weight control.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 93.3 million adults in the United States had obesity in 2015–2016. This number is equivalent to 39.8 percent of the population. Carrying excess body weight can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.
To both lose weight safely and sustain that weight loss over time, it is essential to make gradual, permanent, and beneficial lifestyle changes.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are low in calorie and fat, and high in fiber – 3 essential ingredients for successful weight loss. They also contain many vitamins and minerals.
Eat regular meals: Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
Eat high fiber foods: Food containing lots of fiber can help you feel full for a longer time which is perfect for losing weight. Fiber is only found in food from plants, such as fruits and vegetables, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, beans, peas, lentils etc.
Do not ban foods: Do not ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more. There is no reason you cannot enjoy the occasional treat as long as you eat healthy most of the time.
Read food labels: Knowing how to read food labels can help you choose healthier options. Use the information on the label to work out how that particular food will fit into your routine and ask yourself will it have any negative effect on your weight loss goals.
Simple steps like these will help you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals. And if you need help in getting healthy call 973-235-9393 and schedule an appointment.