Weight Loss & Obesity Affects Life Expectancy
We hear it all the time?lose weight for your health. Few people however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy.
In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The study showed an obese 20-year-old white male, (5'10")178cm and weighing (288 pounds) 130kg was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity.
It is now well research that a Western diet that leads to obesity may actually act to stimulate the growth of cancer cells. It is never too late to improve your health through healthful eating and adopting a more health-giving lifestyle. Here are simple steps to follow which can make an immediate improvement to your health and vitality.
1. Check to see if you are overweight or obese.
To find out your BMI you need to divide your weight (measured in kilos) by your height (measured in metres) squared. If the result is greater than 25, your health may be improved by losing weight.
2. Match your diet to your body's requirements.
If you eat and drink more calories than your body requires you will put on weight. Learn to control calories and portion sizes, make recipes leaner, and eat infrequently from fast food restaurants. Also learn how to snack with healthful choices.
3. Colour your diet with a large variety of colorful, cancer-fighting fruit and vegetables.
There are seven different color ranges of both fruit and vegetables and by choosing between 5 to 9 daily serves from a wide range of fruit and vegetables, we are extending our consumption of cancer (and other disease) fighting nutrients.
4. Eat lean protein with every meal.
Protein provides a powerful signal to the brain providing a longer sense of fullness. The right source of protein is essential to controlling your hunger with fewer calories and necessary to maintain your lean muscle mass. Choices of protein should be flavored soy shakes with fruit; the white meat of chicken and turkey, seafood such as shrimps, prawns scallops and lobster and ocean fish or vegetarians may prefer soy based meat substitutes.
5. Rev up your metabolism with activity.
If you want to enjoy a lifetime of well being, exercise is a key ingredient. Thirty minutes activity each day that takes as much effort as a brisk walk is recommended for adults. Children should be active for an hour each day.
6. Get support to ensure you develop a healthful eating plan and reach your goal weight.
A study, "Effects of Internet Behavioral Counseling on Weight Loss in Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes" shows that participants who had the support of weight loss coaching lost more weight than those who didn't. The study concluded that the support of a weight loss coach can significantly improve weight loss results.
Being overweight or obese has been identified next to smoking, as the most preventable major risk to developing cancer. Even small weight losses have been shown to have beneficial health effects. So it's never to late to start and you can never be too young or too old to be concerned about your health and do something about achieving a more healthy weight.
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Free Weight Loss Tips - Help For Beginning a New Diet
If you are about to begin a diet, the number of diet plans and products
available may make it confusing to know which is right for you. No matter which diet you choose, here are some tips that may be helpful to you in your weight loss regimen:
1. Know how much your weight affects much more than your appearance. Your
health, quality of living, and self-esteem are also affected by your weight.
Losing weight now will bring about many positive changes in your life.
2. See your doctor for a complete physical if you have not done so recently.
Realize that everyone makes dieting mistakes and everyone has occasional slips.
If you overeat one day, just pick up where you left off the next day and don't
be too hard on yourself.
3. Understand that if you are committed to your diet plan and want to lose weight
permanently you must not only eat healthy foods but you must also change how you
eat your food, you must increase your activity level, and realize that you will
have to make permanent changes in your behavior.
4. Set reasonable goals for yourself as far as how much want you want to lose in
any period of time. Trying to lose 10 lbs. in a week or 30 lbs. in a month is
not only unreasonable but could be harmful to your health.
5. Know that,
If you do not enjoy the foods your diet allows, then you won't be able to stick
to it. Choose your diet plan carefully and ask yourself if you can live with it
for a long period of time.
6. Realize that emotional issues rather than hunger alone often cause overeating.
Find a way to cope with the problem of emotional eating and recognize it when it
happens. The potential health problems due to obesity are very serious. If your
will power wanes, remember the risks involved with being overweight.
7. Genetics, your ethnic background, your home and work environments, and any
physical issues you may have will affect your effort to lose weight. Accept the
things you can't change and set attainable goals.
8. Moderation is the key when beginning any diet. Overly severe restrictions on the
foods you are allowed to eat and the omission of entire foods groups will lead
to cravings and binges.
9. Keep in mind that losing weight is not easy and will take hard work and
discipline on your part. Difficult doesn't have to mean impossible. Make the
commitment to lose weight and stick with it. You'll not only look better, but
you'll feel better about yourself.
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If you have been dieting and haven't lost weight, stop! Don't even think about trying another diet, because it will produce the same results you have already seen.
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