20% to 25% of American adults are on some kind of a diet.
That’s because 37% of American adults are obese and an additional one third of all Americans are overweight to the point of it being considered unhealthy. That adds up to almost 70% of Americans being overweight.
And are those diets successful? Only 16% of dieters will lose the necessary weight and of those who lost the weight, only 7% will keep it off. Don’t switch articles and start reading the ones on depression just now. It isn’t hopeless.
The basics of weight management are a balance of calories/food intake and activity/exercise that use those calories. But there are other factors to consider.
If you eat food you are allergic to or have a high degree of sensitivity too, or if you are on medications that increase appetite, you will probably eat more and gain weight. If you crave a food, stop and think; is this a healthy choice that my body needs a nutrient from and is contained in this food or is this a food that I crave as an emotional distraction, I am allergic to or makes me feel a rush of good feelings when I eat it. Eat the first and skip the latter.
Are you taking drugs that disrupt the micro-biotic balance in your intestines? When the micro-organisms are unbalanced your system can turn foods into carbohydrates or break down proteins at a faster rate. Antibiotics are the biggest culprit. Pro-biotics, fermented foods and high fiber help.
If you are on a diet that rapidly causes your body to lose weight, this can harshly unbalance your entire system and harm metabolism. Extreme exercise or extreme calorie reductions can cause harm. And statistics say that the odds are almost certain you will gain it all back. If you skip meals completely, hormonal and sugar levels will become unbalanced. Be balanced in everything; work out 30-40 minutes moderately 4-5 days a week. Eat 3 light, green, fresh and balanced meals a day.
Stay warm, reduce stress and stay in a well-lit place . If you are cold your body will tend to want to hold fat. If you are stressed the body will try to protect itself with more fat and you will want to eat more high-calorie comfort foods. If you are in low light the body will produce hormones that make you want to eat more.
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