Nearly 40% of adults in the United States aged 20 years and above are struggling with obesity. If left unchecked, obesity may increase the risk of critical health conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer, Type II diabetes, and many more.
If you are looking to lose some weight, here are some do’s and don’ts:
Things to do
- Eat often to keep your energy up, but eat healthily. Less pasta and fast foods and more proteins, vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink a lot of water. Research shows that increased water consumption can increase the rate at which calories are burned.
- Exercise regularly. Depending on the particular activity, a man weighing 180 pounds may lose as much as 600 calories per hour during aerobics.
Things to avoid
- Don’t starve yourself. While eating less may have been proven to lead to weight loss, starving doesn’t help you shed fat. Rather, you lose muscle that is important for metabolism.
- Avoid quick fixes. Ignore any magic drug or vitamin that will allegedly help you lose weight. Stick to exercising and healthy eating.
- Do not eat if you are not hungry, and don’t eat close to your bedtime. Create a meal plan and be disciplined enough to keep to it.
The basic rule of losing weight is: shed more calories than you gain. If you can do this consistently, then it is only a matter of time before you are rid of the excess weight. For more personalized guidance or medical consultation, please contact us at PCP for Life; you can reach us at 281-968-4096 or 832-559-8584.