Body Scans of a 250 lbs. Woman vs. a 120 lbs Woman
Posted Mar 03 2010 12:00am
Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States, where women are especially affected. Over one-third of women between the ages of 20 and 74 are obese, the majority of them being African American or Mexican American. With more and more pre-packaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960’s.
The main cause of obesity in America is an improper lifestyle. There is no getting around the fact that today’s society does not make healthy food convenient. Not only are convenience foods high in sugar and saturated fats, but they are also much cheaper than healthier options. When you combine unhealthy food with a lifestyle built around time on the computer, you set yourself up for diseases caused by obesity. The cure for lifestyle caused weight problems is to make lifestyle changes, even if they are not convenient. These changes ensure a much better chance of having a life free from the diseases caused by obesity.
1. Limit your sweets
While you can’t control every situation, you can control how much food goes into your mouth. Sugar is the single most damaging carbohydrate you can consume. Most people with obesity problems are addicted to sugar and regularly justify eating sweets throughout the day.
2. Don’t starve yourself all day to justify eating more at dinner.
Eating a satisfying breakfast can ward off the temptation to overindulge later in the day. I recommend eating 3-5 small meals throughout the day. Portion control is a must. If you miss this one you could easily consume 2000-3000 calories in one meal! This is how people pack on the pounds.
3. Planned physical activity.
Get moving. Take a family walk before the “big” meal, and take one after the “big” meal. Get outside and get some fresh air. Make it a priority by scheduling daily activity into your routine. Physical activity is an effective method for preventing weight gain by burning calories, suppressing appetite, and helping deal with stress. Physical activity is the common denominator for losing weight and keeping it off.
4. Say No
Inevitably there will be people that try to get you to overeat. “You just have to try these cookies.” Sound familiar? Or I love this one “there is only a little left, just finish it up.” Or even tougher to turn down; “I made these especially for you, have some.” However, that person should understand that eating their food is not a sign of love and affection. You can just explain that you are on a health and fitness plan (not a diet) and you do not want to have any of what they are offering because it looks so good, you will not be able to control yourself.