The United States has seen a huge increase in the number of obese people leading to an obesity epidemic. It’s so bad that they even had to add a category to the popular BMI system. No longer are the largest people considered morbidly obese they are super obese! Crazy to think that there are people beyond the morbidly obese stage but they do exist and mainly in the United States. Because of our extreme obesity problems pharmaceutical companies are cashing in on “quick fix” diet pills that promise to shed pounds in weeks. Most people can vouch that most of these diet pills are ineffective and a waste of money.
Not only are diet pills in abundance but diet programs as well. There’s always a new diet fad that everyone is trying. What people really need is a basic understanding of dieting and weight loss. Follow these 4 tips on healthy living:
Tip #1: Drink More Water
Water is crucial in order to maintain or lose weight. With all of the soda Americans consume, water is getting left out of the picture. Try to substitute your soda drinks for water. It is important to flush out the toxins and junk your body. Healthy living requires keeping your body hydrated and water does just that!
Tip #2: Eat More Often
What? I need to eat more not less? You need to eat more often, say every 3 hours instead of 3 times a day. Yes you need to consume less calories overall but eating more frequently will help increase your metabolism. It allows your body to remain at a healthy state that never goes into starvation mode. Breakfast is crucial for healthy living so don’t skip it.
Tip #3: Get to Moving
You need to be more active – move more. Even if your physical condition doesn’t allow you to exercise vigorously at least get up and walk or move your arms and legs somehow. Use the stairs when you can, go for a walk on your lunch break, go dancing, play with your kids or pets. You can make movement fun – it doesn’t always have to be the dreadful jogging.
Tip #4: Understand Why
Understand why you need to start living healthy. Do you feel tired and groggy often? Do you want to fit into your old clothes? Do you want to live to see your great grandchildren graduate college? Whatever it may be you need to contemplate it on a regular basis. Thinking about the “why” is crucial to keep you motivated with your healthy living goals.