Medical research has shown revealed that the number of people who are overweight has doubled in the past 20 years. This is caused by the increased amounts of saturated fats and sugars in the food being served, aging, lack of exercise and poor nutrition.
Can this be stopped? The good news is yes. There are different ways to do it, which will take a lot of time and effort on the part of the individual to make this happen.
There are two ways to win the battle against weight loss. The first will be to simply cut down the food consumption and exercise regularly. This takes a lot of self-control to be able to deny oneself of life’s pleasures but this will become rewarding in the end.
The second way to do it is very similar to the first. The only difference is that those who are unable to exercise self-control will always need someone around to remind the person.
This means talking to a doctor to find the safest and most effective way to make-weight loss happen. This depends entirely on the physical condition of the patient so a program that works for one does not necessarily work for another.
The best person to talk to about proper nutrition is a dietitian. The specialist will most likely reduce the number of carbohydrates being consumed and have this substituted with food that are rich in both proteins and fats.
A good example will be for the person to eat whole wheat grain instead of pasta, bread or rice that is color white. Those who can’t will just have to buy rice that is either color brown or red.
Reducing the carbohydrate consumption is not a 100% guarantee that the individual will begin to lose those excess pounds. This is because too much protein and fats can also be harmful so the dietitian has to come up with a plan that balances everything.
Aging was mentioned early as one of the causes why a lot of people are overweight. This is because the body’s metabolism is not able to burn that much food like before which is why exercise is needed.
There are many ways to make this happen but doctors usually recommend a 20 minute workout at least three times a week. This can be increased to half an hour five times a week if the body is able to handle it.
The type of exercise to be recommended will also depend on the physical condition of the patient. Someone for instance who has a problem with the knee can’t run on a treadmill or lift a lot of weights so another type of workout needs to be recommended.
If the individual has vices such as smoking or alcohol, this also has to be gradually reduced until such a time that the person does not need this anymore.
Most patients who are undergoing some changes will begin to shed some pounds after less than a month. This shows that the program being used is working and the only way to lose more will be to maintain it.
The objective of the programs designed by the doctor and the dietitian are to make the individual live a healthy life and reach the desired weight based on one’s gender and age. Should the time come that this goal is attained, the person must remember that it does not end there because it is easier to once again get back those excess pounds.
Another study has shown that nearly 95% of the people who went on a program were not consistent and as a result became heavier than before. This can be prevented by continuing with the habit in order for one to be successful.
It is the decision of the individual whether to eat fish or a t-bone steak for lunch. The same thing goes when getting something to drink be it a soda or freshly squeezed juice.
The battle against weight loss will take months or even years before it is won. This can only happen with exercise and proper nutrition, which is dependent on the discipline and hard work of the person.