Overweight And Obesity

Get the Facts

Low-carb diet or a balanced diet? We are bombarded every day with conflicting information about our health.

Should we be physically active three times a week or five times a week?

And how can we be expected to follow any of these recommendations when we're always so busy?

With so many conflicting 'expert advise'; It's no wonder that many of us would just surrender!

But if we want to live long and fulfilling lives, it's essential that we learn the real facts about health, nutrition, and physical activity.

Luckily, the real facts are pretty straightforward. All you really need to know about a healthy lifestyle is:

* Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products – and be sure to control portion sizes.

* Get physically active at least five times a week, for thirty minutes or more.

* Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs altogether.

Sounds simple, right? Well, if it was that easy, we'd all be effortlessly fit and healthy.

Today's lifestyle does not allow much room for health. And that's where taking Small Steps comes in. We know that it's impossible for many people to make dramatic lifestyle changes. Instead, you can learn ways that you can change small things about your life and see big results.

The Statistics

· 61% of adults in the United States were overweight or obese in 1999.

· Approximately 300,000 deaths each year in the United States may be attributable to obesity

· Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, breathing problems, and psychological disorders, such as depression.

Eat Better

In 1999, almost 108 million adult Americans were overweight or obese. If you are overweight or obese, carrying this extra weight puts you at risk for developing many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Losing this weight helps to prevent and control these diseases.

But many people are confused about how to lose unhealthy weight. The good news is that this may be accomplished by eating healthy, balanced, and well-apportioned meals

Get Active

If you think of getting active as one more thing on your long to-do list, you'll never get moving. It is actually easy to integrate activity into your daily life.

You do not need to go to the gym five times a week to be healthy.

Do You Know That:

· For instance, did you know that a forty-five minute walk at a brisk pace (3 to 4 miles an hour) can burn up to 300 calories?

· Or that by making small changes in your daily routine – like parking further away, taking the stairs, and playing active games with your kids – you can start living an active, healthy life?

Learn More

Be interested in your health. Learn more by reading a good book on proper nutrition, join a health clubs or, my best recommendation is to check on the internet where you will most valuable information. Why not ask a neighbor what you know is health conscious and stay healthy. Surely they can offer you some good tips on how to do it right!

PS You will be thrilled to discover that our body is capable of healing itself; provided we feed it with the right type and amount of nutrition; drinking sufficient water, sufficient sleep / rest, and physical exercise.