According to recent data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans (over 78 million adults) are obese. That number means that the majority of people in our country are obese! This is a disease that cannot be ignored any more. Illnesses associated with obesity are heart disease, cardiovascular disease, strokes and some forms of cancer. Obesity can be corrected with a healthy lifestyle. Here are the five key elements:
- A Balanced Diet
- Easier and more beneficial than a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet for most people.
- Should include lean sources of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and limited quantities of processed foods and added sugar.
- Regular Physical Activity
- Any amount of physical activity is better than none.
- Recommended amount is 150 minutes per week (2 hrs. 30 minutes) in at least 10-minute intervals.
- Pedometers are great ways to help monitor your physical activity levels and stay on target.
- Maintain a Regular Sleeping Pattern
- Sleep is one of the most important activities of the day, yet it is the one most sacrificed.
- Those who sleep less than seven hours a day are more likely to have weight issues, anxiety disorders, and depression.
- The National Sleep Association recommends adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Stress Management
- Stress gets in the way of health and life goals.
- Leads to emotional eating, poor sleep, and the adoption of more sedentary behaviors.
- Even some of the most balanced diets are filled with nutritional gaps.
- Nutritional supplements can be made with ingredients that assist with healthy aging, metabolism, weight management, stress management, sleep, and athletic performance.
Dr. Leanne Redman, PH.D., MS, FTOS is an Associate Professor at the Reproductive Endocrinology & Women’s Health Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. She has been a member of the AdvoCare Scientific & Medical Advisory Board since 2012.