According to the folks who count such things, there are over 1 billion overweight adults on the planet right now, and that number is growing. Over 300 million folks are clinically obese and suffer from many chronic diseases and disabilities. The conditions of obesity and being overweight cut across all ages and socioeconomic groups of people.
It is common knowledge now that obesity can be a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and even some forms of cancer. These risk factors associated with being overweight or obese range from early onset of chronic health problems that seriously affect the overall quality of life to an early death.
Lose Weight by Not Working Out
A rose is still a rose by any other name. What you call a “workout” may be affecting your overall attitude toward getting out there and getting some healthy exercise. So, don’t call it a workout. The key is to just get out and get your muscles moving and burn calories. What are the things you like to do? Walk along the beach at sunset. Spend some time with your kids shooting hoops. Take your dog out to the park and teaching him to catch a frisbee. Even sex can provide a way to get physical and burn some calories. The trick is to call it something other than a workout.
Walking for Weight Loss
It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who will show up for a charity walk-a-thon to help some deserving cause, but will not get out and walk for their own health. There are many ways to add walking to your daily routine like parking on the outer edge of the parking lot when going to the store, or getting rid of that power or riding mower and get a push-mower.
Grab the old-fashioned broom and sweep the leaves instead of blowing them into the street or your neighbor’s yard. Ho about getting off the bus a few blocks sooner and walking the rest of the way? Whenever possible, take the stairs and not the elevator. And who doesn’t enjoy a pleasurable walk right after the evening meal? The trick to this method is to do more walking and the pound swill start to melt off.
Smaller Plate, Smaller Waist
Don R. Powell, PhD, president of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, states that “a lot of eating is psychological.” In this particular case, size does indeed matter. Smaller plates, bowls, cups, and spoons that are piled high with good, healthy food tricks your mind into thinking that you’re actually getting a lot of food, simply because it looks like more food.
Don’t try to serve smaller portions on large plates as this will have the opposite effect and leave you craving more food. Eating with smaller dishes and utensils will make the pleasure of eating last longer and also give your brain time to let you know when you are full sooner, thereby eating much less.
You know when you lose the excess weight, you’re going to feel better about yourself which will improve your level of self-confidence, put you in a better mood, and get healthier. You’ll look better, too. Here’s to your weight loss success!
WebMD.com, “10 Painless Ways to Lose Weight”
World Health Organization, “Obesity and Overweight”
WorldoMeters.info, “Overweight People in the World Right Now”