Seventy-five percent of Americans are currently overweight. If that figure isn’t stunning enough, 40% of the overweight are obese (obese are classified as those with a BMI 30 and over). This is a concern! With the multitude of diets, exercise machines, weight-loss pills, health clubs, diet foods, and information available, why is this nation so fat and out of shape?
I’m sure you tried to battle the bulge yourself, using the latest mainstream diet or exercising endlessly. You start off with the best of intentions, and put forth sheer effort, only to see yourself lacking energy. Your energy and mental drive plummet far before you see any noticeable results, and you end up throwing in the towel.
I understand it can be literally overwhelming where to start on your safe and effective weight loss journey. Therefore, to get you on the right path, I will reveal to you some key factors on how to understand this epidemic and how to combat it. This could possibly be the missing part of the equation you’ve been looking for to get you on the right track to shedding those pounds.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #1
Understand that you are a unique individual. Your body does not have the same chemical reaction as your friends’ or your slender co-worker. The way food reacts in your body is an important factor that you must address and work on. Learn what foods work best for your body type and include them in your daily menu.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #2
Genetics do not determine if you will be fat or thin. Genetics determine your body’s shape and your natural build, meaning that it determines if you are short or tall, muscular or thin. Genetics also determine you eye and hair color. Your diet and lifestyle determine whether you become overweight.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #3
Many people who are obese have a slow or destroyed metabolism. What’s brilliant about the human body is that it is very resilient. Back in the 1970s there was a toy called “Stretch Armstong.” You could pull and stretch him 4 times the width of his body and he would always snap back into place. He was resilient. The same aspect can be said for your body. When you feed it properly and exercise, it can regain its balance and health, and start functioning as it is designed to.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #4
Often times, those who are obese are addicted to certain goods, usually sugary foods. Sugary foods cause a release of a chemical, serotonin, which makes you feel good temporarily. This is why many emotional eaters look to sweets as a quick emotional fix. Sugar literally has a drug-like effect once consumed.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #5
Many times, those who are overweight or obese fail to eat breakfast. Breakfast is the number one, absolute most important meal of the day. A good quality breakfast sets your metabolic process for the day. When you fail to eat breakfast your body will burn muscle for fuel rather than fat.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #6
Acidosis can be a major factor in your ability to lose weight. When you are acidic, you are less apt to burn off stored body fat or build lean muscle tissue. Acidosis can also keep toxins trapped in your fatty tissues, decrease your metabolism, cause you to bloat, and rob your energy.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #7
The less water you drink the more your will retain it to prevent dehydration. Not drinking enough water can be a leading cause of the inability to shed weight. Water mobilizes fat, sodium, and toxins, allowing them to be excreted from the body. More water in equals more water out.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #8
Those who are overweight or obese are often times large meal eaters. Continual overeating expands you stomach and leads to fat storage. Rather than have a few large meals a day, eat more small meals. Eating a small and balanced meal every three hours stabilizes you’re the blood sugar and helps the stomach shrink back to its natural size, before it was stretched out.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #9
Relying on “diet food” to lose weight is a major contributor to gaining weight with the inability to lose it. Diet foods contain an array of chemicals (toxins) that lead to acidosis, water retention, and massive cravings for sugary foods. Anything labeled “diet” should be avoided!
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #10
Many times those who are overweight or obese are yo-yo dieters. Going on and off diet after diet, leads to metabolic downgrade. In addition, each time you stop the diet you regain the weight loss, plus additional weight. This cycle continues and eventually, over time, you gain more fat.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #11
Those who hare overweight or obese tend to be late night eaters or have midnight snacks. Eating late or in the middle of the night can lead to weight gain. Granted, your body does require nutrients while you sleep, but most people grab sugary and starchy foods late at night or in the middle of the night, leading to fat gain.
Reversing Obesity Key Factor #12
Many times lack of exercise can lead to one being overweight or obese. The human body is designed to move and be active. When you fail to keep the body active your metabolism slows down. To lose weight you must get involved in some type of activity daily, whether it be walking, kick boxing, lifting weights, gardening, mowing the lawn, etc.
The above are some of the key factors in obesity. However, keep in mind that it will take time to reestablish a healthy lifestyle. Excess weight is not gained overnight and it will not come off overnight. You must repair the damage, fix the problem, and allow your body to work with you in this weight-loss journey.
Be patient, think positive, and always strive to progress.
About The Author
Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988 and is a certified personal fitness instructor and specialist in performance nutrition. She is a nationally qualified natural female bodybuilder, holding numerous titles in the southern states including two overalls.
Karen has written six e-books on fitness. She also writes articles for several fitness websites, and distributes two monthly newsletters regarding weight loss and female bodybuilding.