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Secrets That Help You To Cure Obesity

Posted by on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:36
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Obesity is a veritable epidemic in the western world. In the United States, more than 30 percent of all men and women are seriously overweight. What i find to be particularly alarming is the fact that nearly 25 percent of all teenagers are obese, which places them at very high risk of becoming obese adults.

But which is the best way to cure obesity?

When it comes to cure obesity, there is no “magic bullet”, but the right nutrition, exercise, and supplements can help shed excess pounds, and more important, prevent them from coming back. If you are obese or overweight enough that you should lose weight, in order to achieve your goal, you will need to take a multifaceted approach.

Concentrate on health –  Throw out the scale, forget about losing weight, and focus on health. You want to feel strong, vital, and healthy, and that should be your motivation, not the short term goal of losing a few pounds. Your permanent goal should be to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Consume fewer calories –  You will need to cut back on calories, but nor necessarily on food. Eating fewer calories means filling up on higher fiber, low calories, nutrient dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Foods that are high in fat are particularly bad, because each gram of fat contains nine calories versus four calories for each gram of protein or carbohydrate. This does not mean however, that fat free foods can be eaten carte blanche.

I believe that one of the primary reasons that Americans are getting fatter is due to the popular misconception that free foods can can be eaten with impunity. his is simply no true. Fat free foods are laden with calories and, if you eat more calories that you expend, you will gain weight. It doesn’t matter if those added calories are fat, protein, or carbohydrate, they add up!

Eat when you hungry –  Do not allow yourself yo get too hungry, you will be tempted to binge. Don’t try to fight your hunger, or ignore hunger pains. Rather, reach for the right foods when you crave a snack. Good snack foods include air popped popcorn without the butter or oil, fresh vegetables with splash of raspberry vinegar or a low fat yogurt dip.

Cut back naturally –  Very often, the problem is that we reach for food even when we are not really hungry. I have developed a system that heps me know when to eat, and when to stop. I rely on my “hunger gauge” . Here is what i mean. On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 stands for empty or very hungry, 7 stands for satiety, and 10 stands for overstuffed. Before i eat, I put my hand on my stomach and close my eyes.

If I am only slightly hungry , I rate myself  a 5, and i wait until I am at 3 before I eat. When I eat, I stop eating by the time I am at 6, I may not feel completely satisfied, but I am certainly no longer hungry. I never eat beyond 7. I have found that this simple program of self regulation is all it takes to help people lose weight without dieting.

Increase your expenditure of energy –  Calories are converted into energy, and energy is the fuel that keeps the body running. If the energy is not used up by activity as nature intended, it is converted into fat, and that is what puts on those extra pounds. The human body works best when we are physically active, yet most of us live inactive, sedentary lives.

Water, water, and more water –  Drink eight to ten glasses of water daily, and try to drink at least one of those glasses of water tight before mealtime. It will give you a sensation of feeling full, and you will eat less. I guarantee it.

Spice up your act –  Many people complain that foods that are low in fat tend to be bland and flavorless. Although it is true that fat does impart a bit of flavor food, and certainly improves “mouth feel,” there is no reason you must sacrifice taste when you are trying to eat light. You can more than compensate for any loss in flavor by adding herbs and spices to your food.

Most American use only a handful of herbs and pisces but foreign cuisines, which are literally packed with flavor and low in fat, rely heavily on natural seasonings. A sprinkle of cinnamon, a dash of curry powder, a pinch of caraway, sauteed garlic, diced onion, or a touch of cayenne can perk up the blandest dish.

Add fiber to your diet –  Foods that are in fiber will fill you up without filling you out. The National Center Institute recommends that Americans eat between 20 and 40 grams of fiber daily in the form of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Few Americans actually eat this much fiber. I think that if more did, there would be far fewer cases of obesity.

The real obesity cure is the kind of changes in diet and lifestyle.

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