Being overweight and obesity are words we are hearing more and more frequently everyday. In the UK, the Government are running a massive campaign to tackle childhood obesity, which is on the rise and aiming to promote an all-round healthier lifestyle. In America, 63% of Americans are overweight and 25% now are classed as being obese. (Statistics from American Sports Data.) In the western world, a combination of fast, easy food, hectic lifestyles and other accounting factors have led to this rising problem. It is not one to be dismissed or taken light heartedly. Obesity can lead to medical conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and high levels of Cholesterol.
So why have so many of us got this way? As I mentioned before, a contributing factor is our busy lifestyles. Work, looking after children, a household to care for, when do you have time to cook and prepare meals? It is easier to cook something quick and easy, or order take out. Take out or fast food has cut all the effort out. You can even just phone from home and have it delivered, you don’t need to leave the house. Easy yes. Fast. Yes. But is it what is best for us? While we are eating it, we probably do not think of that, or even care. But the more and more we do it then suddenly leads one day to being told by a doctor you have Heart disease. Or Diabetes.
What can we do? Exercise is very important. Especially if you sit at a desk all day long and then at home all night, where are you getting any exercise? I am not saying go out now and run for miles. But gradually introduce some exercise into your day. After dinner, instead of sitting down in front of the TV, maybe go for a walk. Go with some friends, make it social, fun. Not everyone loves going to a gym. They can feel paranoid, uncomfortable or just genuinely not enjoy it. So find something you do like to do. Keep it gentle, fun and gradually build yourself up.
Whey protein can help you. What is whey protein? Whey is a by product of the cheese manufacturing process. It is a natural supplement, renowned mostly for helping bodybuilders and athletes build and repair muscle. But whey protein and weight loss are also linked. This can be simply because whey shakes are quite filling. Try having one mid morning when perhaps you are tempted to snack. It will fill you up until lunch! On a deeper level, your body will burn more calories after consuming something high in protein. Whey also stimulates the release of appetite suppressing hormones, so taking whey protein as part of a healthy diet could see you get results that you are after.
I hope you have found this article on Whey Protein and Weight Loss of some interest and help and please be healthy and happy in whatever you do.