Obesity has become such a serious problem today that the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled it a global epidemic.
Furthermore, officials predict that obesity will become the number one worldwide cause of death by 2020. Not only does obesity put you at risk of life-threatening illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, it can be extremely debilitating and emotionally crippling.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle focused on overall wellness is consistently recommended by professionals as one of the best ways to fight obesity. 💪💪💪
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Understand How Obesity Affects Your Mental Health
First, it’s important to address any possible mental health disorders and understand their link to obesity. Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety can make social activities undesirable, so you’re more likely to lose valuable relationships and social support networks. Depression and anxiety also result in decreased motivation, which makes it much more difficult to engage in exercise and diet changes. Because of this, it’s important to address obesity-linked emotional problems by talking to your doctor about your options for mental health treatment.
Prioritize Sleep to Support Healthy Metabolism Function
The link between weight and sleep is largely ignored in our society. However, sleep is vital in balancing your hormones and metabolism so they can properly control your weight. In studies reported by the National Sleep Foundation, people who slept 6.5 hours or less per night produced 30 percent more insulin than those who got adequate sleep. This is a problem because excessive insulin in the body has a direct link to weight gain. Too little sleep also decreases the levels of leptin in your brain, a hormone which normally suppresses appetite. As a result, sleep-deprived people experience increased appetite and tend to eat more.
Pay Attention to Quality Over Quantity in Your Diet
There is conflicting advice regarding the healthiest diet for our bodies. However, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the quality and source of your nutrients matter more than their quantity in preventing disease and fighting obesity. Studies have found that low-fat diets have no clear benefits. Instead, the type of fat is more important. The same is true of protein. Red meat and processed meats may increase weight gain, while poultry, fish, nuts, and beans are much better for controlling weight. It’s also best to avoid simple carbohydrates like white bread, sugar, and potatoes and choose whole grains instead. Of course, fruits and vegetables are key in every balanced diet. Whole foods provide more satiating calories, which help curb hunger and reduce your chance of reaching for unhealthy snacks.
Create an Affordable At-Home Gym
When it comes to exercising, it’s important to find a fitness routine that you enjoy. Most people quit an exercise program because it’s simply not a good fit for them. Many people prefer to work out at home because it’s more convenient and free from distractions. Plus, creating an at-home gym can be cheaper than paying for a regular gym membership. There are affordable alternatives to most expensive gym equipment so you don’t have to make a huge investment. A jump rope or cardio step are both great alternatives to ellipticals or treadmills. Exercise bands and kettlebells are all you need for versatile strength training. In fact, kettlebells are superior to muscle-isolating exercise machines because they target whole-body strength. Many people also add an exercise mat and a swiss ball to their home gym for developing core strength.
Your fight against obesity may not be easy, but it’s sure to be both rewarding and empowering. Don’t fall for quick and trendy weight-loss solutions or fad diets. The best way to lose weight and improve your overall health is through making small wellness-centered changes to your lifestyle. Your body and mind will thank you for it!
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