Obesity is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and it is one of the most serious health problems of the 21st century in America. Weight loss can be achieved through lifestyle changes and an anti-inflammatory diet. Weight loss is a process that takes time and there are no short cuts if you want to do it the healthy way. The US Surgeon General reports that 60% of adults in the US do not exercise enough and that 25% adults don’t do any exercises at all.
Ease into a simple exercise routine and customize this to fit your lifestyle. For example, if you work on the 3rd floor, skip the elevator each day and take the stairs. Park your car farther away from your building, so you can walk the extra distance. You don?t need a fancy gym to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You get the point!
Do not starve yourself or go on a ?diet?. I hate to break it to you but all diets generally fail. Eating a balanced diet at the right time will help increase your metabolism, breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats to yield the energy your body needs to maintain itself. Avoid processed foods as theses contain added chemicals and salts. Fruits and vegetables are anti-inflammatory oxidants and should be consumed daily. If you have a sweet tooth, I have good news for you. Small portions of dark chocolate are also a great source of anti-inflammatory oxidants and can be used as a substitute for dessert (Sweet!)
Treating obesity can decrease the risk of sudden death from heart disease, reduce high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, just to name a few. Weight loss is a journey and no one said it will be an easy one. Set SMART goals and document your progress.
Make a change today to be a happier, healthier you. As always, reach out to your doctors at sport and spine rehab if you need any health tips or questions about nutrition.
Dr. Hayford Anane, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Sport and Spine Rehab of McLean
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