In a world blessed by technological advancements, we are rather leading a ‘mechanical’ life. Our homes are full of mechanical, electric or electronic appliances that do the household chores leaving us on the comfortable couch. We prefer to commute by a car rather than taking a long walk to our office or school or even the bus stop. Our working hours stick us to the chair without any physical activities. Our children are getting more pleasure in their PlayStation III than that of a football match in the field. We eat what we like giving least attention to our body’s actual needs. We are restless, sleepless and downright careless about the lives we are living! This scenario is perfect for many diseases to settle in our bodies. Obesity is just one them. Careless life style that involves unplanned diets and absence of physical activities result in obesity. While we are eager to trim out weight primarily for a smarter look, the evils of obesity are manifold. Obesity alone can spawn deadly diseases like diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, high/low blood pressure, osteoarthritis and strokes.
So it is amply clear that obesity is neither desired nor accepted by us. We always want to shred off the extra weight from the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) to look smarter and live healthier. While getting the extra weight is very easy, our path to lose weight is difficult to tread. You can lose weight the simple way or the hard way. This is quite confusing. The easiest way to lose weight is the one that most doctors suggest – controlled diet and physical exercise. And this way seems to be the hard way for many of us. Our easy way involves various weight loss programs that boast of cutting your weight in a more reliable, cheaper, easier and painless method. In reality beyond the basic rule of losing weight, these may at times be hazardous for your health. With various side effects
‘Weight loss industry’ as known today, is a multi-billion dollar industry with yearly spending as high as $55 billion in the U.S. alone. In a survey, it has been found that approximately 70 million U.S. residents are engaged in weight loss programs. Weight loss programs and medications alone cannot be much helpful if you really want to lose weight. They work best with supplementary programs like controlled dieting and some bit of physical exercises.
The universal proverb ‘prevention is better than cure’ is probably most suitable for obesity cases. It is wise not to gain unnecessary weight at the first place, and the best method to achieve it is by following the ‘easy way’ suggested by medical science – diet and exercise. However, when you already become obese and eagerly want to lose weight you may follow these simple yet useful tips before embarking on a crash diet program or a host of herbal medicines:
o Drink plenty of water everyday. Replace your Soda or Coke with water. You will lose some pounds automatically by drinking enough water instead of other drinks and your will to lose weight will survive.
o Eat enough food and never skip your daily meal. Skipping meals will make you more hungry and may lead you to overeating.
o Know what you are eating by learning to count calories. Caloric content and serving size are two important things to learn about what you should or should not take.
o Have a healthy snack in every three hours, preferably an apple or a fat free sandwich. Eating at this interval will never make you hungry and make you overeat.
o Take more grains and their produce. They are low on calories and can satisfy your appetite.
o DO REGULAR EXERCISE. This is a must. Grow a habit of taking a half hour walk or jog. In extreme cases use your treadmill.
Losing weight is never an easy task. While you have plenty of choices amongst hundreds of weight loss programs and medications, they may not yield a result as they promise. The simplest method to follow if you want to lose weight can be brought down to two simple words – diet-control and exercise. They can really do magic.