We live in a society where much of what we do is done sitting down in front of a computer or using our minds far more than our bodies. At the same time, many of our heavily advertised food choices are processed, low nutrition and high calorie. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. This figure has doubled since the 1970s. These people did not get together and decide to let it all go. Through marketing and the in-your-face presence of convenience food everywhere, we are indoctrinated to value fast and tasty over planned and prepared nutrition.
The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and low-value foods can devastate the health and equilibrium of the body. While there are many studies into America’s obesity epidemic, these points stand out:
- We eat larger portions than our bodies require
- We consume too many fats
- We take in too much sugar especially from soda and energy drinks
- We confuse dieting with lifestyle nutritional habits
- We are prone to following diet and food trends rather than following a balanced meal plan
- Sedentary jobs can lead to insufficient physical activity
- Poor nutrition can lead to poor sleep
While genetics and age often contribute to being overweight, our lack of education on diet and exercise seems to be a much larger driver of obesity. Our lack of understanding makes us susceptible to marketing claims and TV ads that stimulate our appetite without improving our health. Once we get settled into a groove, psychology often takes over and we justify our poor eating habits and resistance to daily exercise. This is the downhill slope. Obesity is an important issue because it is a major contributor to other diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, weight is the result of caloric balance. It’s a very simple concept. If we take in more calories than we use, we gain weight. If you eat less than you use, you lose weight.
Tips for a Healthy Diet
- Learn what the caloric value is of the food you eat. Read the labels.
- Match your calorie intake to your activity.
- Do better than 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
- Make fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, poultry, fish, and nuts a large part of your diet.
- Plan your meals several days in advance and stick to the plan.
- Eat out less. Most restaurant foods contain high calorie ingredients.
- Drink water often. Eliminate soda and other sugar-bearing drinks.
- Eliminate junk food. A good diet will eventually turn off your cravings for it.
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