Obesity is a real problem today. Men, women, and children all across the United States are gaining weight in unhealthy proportions. Extra pounds are not only unsightly but also have far reaching, adverse health effects including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, and stroke. Overweight individuals also experience sleep apnea and respiratory ailments to one degree or another. The higher the BMI (body mass index) and general weight the more health problems will occur.
Fortunately, there are practical steps anyone can take to decrease BMI and the associated health risks. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Atkins, Belly-off, Abs, Soup…you name it and there is a diet for it. There are literally hundreds of programs and fads that tout weight loss and health benefits. However, losing weight and maintaining a healthy life does not have to break the bank—or your spirit. What’s more, it doesn’t have to be rocket science either. Being healthy is relatively simple; but, it takes a definitive commitment.
A healthy life is a long term decision, not a short-term, faddish quick fix. But, it is important not to be overwhelmed. The first step is to make a decision. Decide, today, to be healthy and it will last the rest of your days. The rest are simply daily steps to make your decision into a reality. The secret is: there is no secret and there is no magic bullet.
Staying healthy involves taking action on steps you already know: eat right and exercise. And, that’s all there is to it. Don’t think you have to spend hours and hours on a treadmill or torture yourself with trendy DVDs. Healthy lifestyles are about habits. Get into the habit of daily physical activity and integrating whole grains, lean meats, and fresh vegetables into your eating plan. Losing one or two pounds per week on a steady pace will have long lasting benefits and the benefits of being healthy are manifold.
Benefits of weight loss include:
- Reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Longer lifespan
Whether you would like to lose ten pounds or 50, it all begins with a decision to live a healthy life. After that, things are simple, but not always easy. It takes a commitment that starts with a decision. The fact that you are even reading this, is a great start!