According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), one in three Americans are obese and another third are overweight. The weight-loss specialists attribute the nation’s obesity crisis to Americans’ eating too much and exercising too little.
So why are we really putting on weight despite all weight loss awareness, you ask.
The weight loss measures is not exclusively dependent on “being on diet” but it requires change in lifestyle. Following factors need to be considered in your lifestyle to achieve healthy you that you want to be.
Getting enough sleep. The CDC reports that one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep leading to their increasing their risk for weight gain. Lack of sleep boosts your appetite which leads you to consume sugary foods as energy boosters.
Medications contributing to overeating. Many medications are known to increase your cravings for food consumption. Antidepressants do contribute to increase in appetite. Even antibiotics have been associated with added weight.
Following trendy food fad. You are probably following trendy foods such as chia seeds, coconut oil. Surprisingly, most trendy foods are often high-calorie, high-carb foods which eventually boosts weight gain.
Fooled by misleading labels. Many folks buy foods labeled “natural”. As there is no legal or regulatory standard for “natural”, even processed ingredients can pass for “natural” label thus not necessarily healthier choices. It is best that you look for “Organic” labels and calorie counts which are federally certified, monitored and checked.
Eating high-carb foods. Surely, you are cutting back on sweets and desserts but you are eating more high-carb processed foods. Here is news for you! Many non-fat or low-fat foods products you might not expect to contain sugar actually do.
Consuming High-calorie salads. You may be giving up burgers and fries in favor of salads. But what you may not know is that many salad entrees have as much as 1420 calories and 99 grams of fat.
Sugary Drinks Consumed. Most people have been quick to eliminate soft drinks like cola but high-calorie coffee drinks have become very popular. Some of the popular coffee drinks have as many as 500 calories.
Diet Soda Harmful. You need to be aware that by switching to diet soda (or sugar-free foods) may do harm. The artificial sweeteners boost glucose levels and the liver excess into fats.
Exercising by itself is not enough. When it comes to weight loss, exercising is not effective as cutting calories.
Trying to restrict all calories is a recipe for failure because it causes you to become lethargic, reduces your metabolism and is just not a sustainable approach. It is suggested from recent study that you need to boost fiber intake to 30 grams per day: increase fruits, vegetables and whole grains, without aiming for specific calorie limit.
Simply put, your healthy lifestyle ought to follow simple principle to eat less, move more.