How to Find a Local Weight Loss Center

How to Find a Local Weight Loss Center

Are you looking to lose weight? If you are, have you ever though about joining a weight loss center? A weight loss center membership is a nice way to help you achieve your goal of losing weight. If you have never been a member of a weight loss center before, you may be wondering how you can go about finding a weight loss center to join.

Before examining how you can go about finding a weight loss center to join, it is first important to know what weight loss centers are. When examining weight loss centers, you will find that weight loss centers come in a number of different formats. Most commonly, weight loss centers are used to describe local weight loss programs, where you attend group meetings at the “center.” There are some weight loss centers that have weekly or biweekly meetings, like for weigh-ins. There are also weight loss centers where your membership fees give you access to onsite exercise equipment or the ability to attend an aerobics class.

Now that you know exactly what weight loss centers are, you are better prepared to go about finding one to join. One of the many ways that you can go about finding a weight loss center to become a member at is by using your local phone book. When using your local phone book, you will want to checkout the business directory section, which is also commonly referred to as the yellow pages. You may be able to find the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of local weight loss centers by looking under the headings of “weight loss,” or “health and fitness.”

In addition to using your local phone book, you can also use the internet to help you find a local weight loss center to join. When using the internet, you can use online business directories or online phone books. These online resources are nice, but they are similar to what you would find in your local phone book. Often times, you only get the name, address, and telephone number of a weight loss center. If you were to use an online business directory, you may also get the address to an online website, if the weight loss center in question has one.

In keeping with using the internet to help you find a local weight loss center, you can also use standard internet searches to your advantage. When performing a standard internet search, you may want to search with phrases like “weight loss centers,” or “weight loss programs.” This generalized search may return results for nationally operated weight loss centers. If you are looking for a local center, you may want to incorporate your city or your state into your standard internet search as well.

Another great way that you can go about finding a local weight loss center to join is by asking those that you know for recommendations. This includes your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, or your doctors. Whether the individual in question was or still is a member of the weight loss center in question or they know someone who was, you may be able to get a lot information by speaking to those that you know. It is also nice, as you often don’t just get the name, address, or telephone number of a local weight loss center; you also should get personal recommendations and constructive criticism as well.

The above mentioned approaches are just a few of the many ways that you can go about finding local weight loss centers to join. Although it is nice to hear recommendations from those that you know or use the internet to help you familiarize yourself with all of your options, it is important that you take the time to find the perfect weight loss center for you and needs. This should involve examining the membership features that you have access to, the cost of becoming a member, and so forth.

Raw Food Diet isn’t really a DIET

Raw Food Diet isn’t really a DIET

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Our busy lives can sometimes make it difficult to stick to our dieting plans when we’re trying to lose weight.
We’re either keeping track of our fat intake, our sugar intake, our carbohydrate intake, or our caloric intake. With all that counting, it’s no wonder most of us become discouraged and ‘fall off the dieting wagon.’ Add to that the surplus of convenient diet foods that are out there that are chock-full of preservatives and additives that we choose when we’re tired from a busy day and don’t have the energy or time to prepare a nutritious meal, and we’re headed down a wrong-way street trying to navigate our way through our weight-loss journey.

Enter the raw foods lifestyle. Not only are raw foods full of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to perform optimally, they provide enzymes for proper digestion, and will also result in the purging of toxins and the cleansing of your body systems. The best part? You can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you like….and you will lose weight.

In addition, the natural high fiber content of most raw foods will help you feel fuller, thereby reducing your food intake. They’ll assist in turning up the thermostat in your body, helping to melt away that excess weight and nourishing your body’s cells to continue with the fat-burning process. Most raw foods are naturally low in calories, and obviously much lower in calories, fats, sugars, and carbohydrates than the dieting convenience foods we’d been reaching for in the past. The added bonus of increased energy, regulated blood sugar and blood pressure levels, sharper vision and improved mental functionality, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t become a ‘raw foodie’ earlier in the weight loss and dieting game. And, once you reach your weight loss goals, you’ll realize how healthy you’ve become in the process, and the raw food lifestyle will then be your way of life.

Weight Loss: Don’t Eat More Than You Can Lift

Weight Loss: Don’t Eat More Than You Can Lift

Weight loss and weight-lifting:

When I determined that I would write this weight loss article, I figured I wouldn’t turn to “experts”, doctors or classical philosophers. So, I turned to that veritable sage of expert insight and real-life savvy…Miss Piggy. Her “weight loss” counsel? “Never Eat More Than You Can Lift.”

I am not a weight loss therapist. Granted. But, as a Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon for over three decades, I’ve done my share of weight loss “counseling.”

Actually, by the time they needed to come to see me, my “counseling” was very simple: “If you want to live, you better start some sort of weight loss plan…immediately.”

They usually didn’t like my counsel. I assured them, they would like my surgeon’s knife even less.

It got worse. I would then tell them: “The plain fact is this: If you are overweight, you are in danger.”

People can take only so much comforting.

Why so direct, you ask? Hum…In case you didn’t get it before, I’ll say it again slowly… “If… you… are …overweight, then …YOU… are…IN…DANGER.” That is the first of four principles about weight loss you must learn.

If the conviction in your soul doesn’t have “stopping power” – no “pause” in eating beyond safety – then you are not convinced about the danger sufficiently to save your own life. I know. I’ve seen it a thousand times in the patients of colleagues as well as my own, in hospitals all over Illinois.

Every weight lifter, for example, knows lifting weights, whether for fun, sports training, or competitive advantage, can cause serious injury or death. Every weightlifter knows that the only, really healthy part of the weight-lifting regimen is the part when you rest. That is when the body repairs itself.

If you are overweight, you are almost never resting your body from the weight you are lifting…the weight attached to you.

That is the second point to learn about “weight loss.” If you are overweight, then you are always lifting weight (yours)… and your heart is always working to carry that weight. And your bones, muscles and ligaments are always carrying more then they were designed to lift or carry. And there is little rest for your body. The only solution for you is weight loss…or worse.

What can I say to make you understand how dire this issue really is?

The weight loss plan that always works…ask any doctor.

Go ahead…ask any doctor. See if I am mistaken. There is a weight loss plan that always works. Ask your doctor about it.

I can tell you are curious to know what it is. Don’t be. No one is ever really interested in it. So, why bring it up? Because it is the only way you will lose weight. No matter what you do to lose weight, this is what you must do to get results.

Weight loss plan: Take into your body less energy than you use. That’s it. If you use more energy than you take in, your body must burn off the weight to create the energy you need.

Hum…It’s called basic mathematics. Take in less, use up more. Subtract weight. Works every time. No exceptions. But, that’s not the third lesson to learn. No. The Third lesson is this is. Taking into your body less energy than you use is the only solution given to us. No matter what you do, fail in this, no loss of weight will occur.

I’ll just bet you’re having a charismatic experience over that one.

Yet, people would prefer to spend lots of money and exasperation on any of the following:

· weight loss pills…including rapid weight loss pills…
· weight loss diets of all sorts…
· weight loss programs – often ingenious but taxing upon the body…
· weight loss products so diverse it’s unimaginable…
· weight loss supplements promising wonders…
· weight loss spas…
· weight loss with acupuncture…
· weight loss exercises …
· weight loss nutrition…
· weight loss counseling…
· weight loss clinics…
· weight loss medications…
· weight loss recipes …
· weight loss walking…
· weight loss patches…
· weight loss drugs…
· weight loss surgery, for those who just can’t endure the problem much longer…

There’s even …. “weight loss hypnosis.”

Another solution?

No. But, there is a Lesson Four here. There is something you should take to protect yourself since you are not going to take the simple weight loss plan given above.

Indeed, we should all be taking a new nutrient which, for two decades, scientists suspected did exist but took three Nobel Prizes in the nineties to prove. Glyconutrition.

Weight loss is often undertaken in a compromised manner. For example, some of us exercise heavily. Did you know that free radicals are multiplied heavily as a direct result of your workouts? Glyconutrition is designed to absorb the free radicals while limiting their scope and damaging effects.

So, if you are working out heavily so as to lose weight, get on a glyconutrition regimen immediately.

Are you cutting back on meals or other dietary restraints? Glyconutrition must be present for your body to utilize the nutrients you do ingest, make necessary tissue repairs, and eliminate the toxins you need be rid of.

If that doesn’t happen, you may be weakening yourself unknowingly. If so, you may be losing weight, but incurring danger to your tissues or organs elsewhere inside you.

Like I said, if you are overweight, you are in danger…in more ways than one.

Glyconutrition, incidentally, helps the body lose weight through proper cellular communication …but that for another article.

So… if it you’re overweight…Listen to Miss Piggy.

“Never eat more than you can lift.”

ght Loss – Psychology and Weight Loss

Weight Loss – Psychology and Weight Loss

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No matter how hard you try to lose weight, if you don’t see things the way you should, most likely you will face failure over and over again. Aside from dietitians and nutritionists who are focused on developing weight loss plans, psychologists also have something to say, and these thoughts play vital roles in a fast and successful weight loss program.

Steer away from thinking you’re obese

Let’s say you really are obese. Will thinking about it over and over again do any good? Probably not. It will just frustrate you and make you more disappointed with yourself. It will just pressure you to think for fast and effective ways to slim down, which usually leads up to wrong methods. Psychologists say that most obese individuals tend to feed their minds with negative thoughts, especially about their weight. Nevertheless, you can still take control by being firm to mental rules such as “it’s not allowed to think of myself as a fat monster.”

Balance the health benefit and the taste

One common problem when losing weight is the selection of your new lifetime menu. Most healthy foods don’t have that interesting tingly taste that colorful and tempting foods have. Thus, you may find it difficult to adjust. The answer to this is simple – attune the two pans on a beam balance. Don’t focus on thoughts like “this food I’m eating now just doesn’t taste good.” instead, feed your body and mind with a slightly positive thought like “doesn’t taste that good, but is very healthy… fair enough.”

Praise your achievements

This is one important yet highly disregarded part of every diet program. Whether or not you lose a lot of weight, it’s best to praise your achievements. Don’t expect others to comment on you getting thin, when you yourself don’t even notice it. This psychological issue also requires rewards. Of course, the praising will never be complete without small-time rewards. Treat yourself once in a while with a savvy restaurants and indulge on the food you used to eat. This way, you won’t be too stressed out with losing weight.

Daily reminder

You may be fed up with negative thoughts about being fat and all but you should never forget to remind yourself every day about your goal; which is not simply to be thin, or pretty, but more to that, to be healthy. Research shows that deep yet equally shallow thoughts like this are very effective in making you achieve your goals.

In every diet plan, your body should cooperate well with your plans. Furthermore, you should also provide all the needs of your system in order for it to perform well, such as eating energy bars to gain extra power for a more intense workout. But aside from that, you should also get your mind and subconscious cooperate. Through this, staying healthy and shedding some fats won’t be a big deal for you anymore.

Alternative Medicine – New Way to Lose Weight

Alternative Medicine – New Way to Lose Weight


Weight loss is one of the big topics-no pun intended-on the late night television circuit.
While flipping through the channels after 11p.m., you are likely to come across several advertisements for weight loss pills and diet supplements, each promising to assist you drop those unwanted pounds and remove stubborn belly fat once and for all.

Let’s face it, if these pills really worked, America wouldn’t be the top overweight country in the world.

There are types of alternative medicine, which can help with weight loss, however, and with great results. While no alternative medicine is a magic solution, practicing these principles can help you become more limber, feel more energetic, and the end result-or side effect if you will, is weight loss.

Take yoga for example. The low impact stretching involved with yoga will help you feel less stressed, and as a result less likely to over eat as a result of depression or anger. Acupuncture has exact pressure points in the ear which help reduce cravings, and detoxifying teas and herbs can help you feel healthier, and the side effect would be thinking twice before deciding that you want to “pollute” yourself again with oily and fatty foods. In this regard, alternative medicine is wonderful for loosing weight.

The majority alternative medicines for weight loss come in the form of detoxifying teas, energy supplements, and vitamins. The exercise and diet plans are the basis, as they should be, for safe and effective long-term weight loss. There is no magic potion to lose weight. In fact dropping pounds and keeping them off requires regular daily exercise and a change in eating habits, period.

However, to get you ready for weight loss, here are some alternative medicine detoxifying teas and interesting supplements.

Take turmeric, ginger, and lemon-about a half teaspoon each and the juice of half a lemon, and boil it all in 2 cups of water. Drink every morning as a detoxifier before you start your diet.

All diets should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, and buying a juicer is a great way to make a habit out of eating healthy. Please see your doctor before starting any kind of diet plan.

Visit your local food co op or herbalist, they can get you set up with all sorts of alternative teas and nutrition advice, and can refer you to a good homeopathic doctor who will evaluate you as to what your individual nutrition needs are.

Bovine and shark cartilage are two dietary supplements to hit the alternative market. Both have been used for years outside of the United States and Britain, but now are big business in the health food stores.

The most popular form of alternative medicine for weight loss isn’t really medicine at all, rather behavior modification through hypnosis. Hypnosis doesn’t make you rely on will power, that’s one of the reasons it’s so popular.

How hypnosis works is that it examines what is subconsciously holding you to the thinking and eating habits that keep you overweight. Hypnotists believe that if the root cause of the obesity can be alleviated, the patient will naturally begin to lose weight. It is actually a very efficient form of alternative medicine, and overall can cost much less than trips to day spas and expensive over the counter weight loss pills. Through hypnosis you can let go of fears that keep you from eating healthy, and begin to allow a positive energy flow through you, causing you to want to stick to the new way of eating and exercising.

KW: Obesity Vaccine

KW: Obesity Vaccine

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Obesity Vaccine: A Cure to the Epidemic?

Obesity is an age-old health condition. Regard for it differ among cultures but it is mostly and especially today, considered a health problem. The condition spread throughout the world like an epidemic gravely hitting developed countries where food and sources of food is abundant. For years we’ve struggled against it but more and more people become subject to it. Obese people become more common despite the low regard for it. Some treat obesity simply as unattractive, some consider it a major health problem. Society as a whole prefers the slim figure. The medical society advocates prevention and treatment of obesity due to the string of health conditions brought by obesity. The food industry are of little help to the situation, profiting no matter what the world chooses to eat. The people, however, we can’t seem to help ourselves as we continue to indulge in whatever food no matter how much problems they can cause. As obesity climbs the charts, we turn to science for help. Despite the numerous diets, exercise programs, drugs and surgery, we’re still struggling against it. But now science responds with a vaccine.

Several groups of scientists are racing to publicly release an obesity vaccine to fight the global threat. Immunopharmacotherapy is proving to be effective in fighting obesity from within.

One study by the Scripps Research Institute has developed an obesity vaccine directed against a naturally occurring hormone named Ghrelin. The hormone regulates eating behavior and assists in regulating the body’s energy. It encourages the body to eat, gain weight and store fat. The obesity vaccine creates antibodies that will prevent Ghrelin from reaching the central nervous system in order to reduce weight gain. By removing the hormone away from the bloodstream, the body retains its current body fat and gains the very little weight.

Another group from Cytos Biotechnology AG, Zurich, Switzerland, has also developed a similar Ghrelin-based obesity vaccine. It has the same aim of producing antibodies to prevent Ghelin from entering the brain.

This approach in treating obesity may be very effective compared to numerous diets and surgery procedures. Although the benefits of preventing obesity from such a minute but highly influential element of the body are showing great rewards, it does not seem to target the source of the problem. If all other approaches have been exhausted without positive results, can we rely on an obesity vaccine to actually solve the problem? One of the causes of obesity is over-eating and inactivity. The reason behind those vary and are quite elusive that determining which caused which is like a mobius strip. There is an underlying problem that may grow to dangerous fields. A vaccinated person may have the tendency to disregard modify his eating habits due to the vaccine that prevents him from gaining weight. This does not solve the problem of over-eating. The world need to be responsible enough not to make a problem out of solution. When or if that happens, the world would then be ready for an obesity vaccine.

Atkins Diet Plan – What’s The Catch

Atkins Diet Plan – What’s The Catch

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The Atkins diet Plan breakfast can usually composed of eggs strips of bacon and coffee. A snack might include coffee with cream, and chunks of cheese. A huge steak fried in butter could be dinner. Doesn’t this sound really good? It seems very tempting but there is a catch.
In the beginning you will have to give up most carbs, such as breads, potatoes, pasta, rice and other things like chocolate, cake, some fruits. In theory, when carbs are eliminated from the diet, the body burns stored fat. Weight loss is quicker because fat burns more calories than carbs.
Stable blood sugar levels help you to feel fuller thereby damping your appetite. The Induction is the first phase of the Atkins diet, which you follow for at least two weeks. Only 20 grams of carbs a day, but you can eat lots of red meat, chicken, fish, eggs cream and butter. That you want.
During this phase, your body learns to burn fat and not carbs. The ongoing weight loss phase is the second stage. Add 5 grams of carbs a day until you get to your critical carbohydrate level for losing weight. How many carbs can YOU eat and still lose between 1 and 3 pounds a week? Bread, pasta rice and potatoes are still taboo.
The pre-maintenance or third phase is started when you have only 5-10 pounds left to lose in order to reach your goal weight. Yes! Now you get to add 10 grams a day for one week, to your carb intake, to help your body adjust to the addition of carbs to your diet, and to the final phase of the diet.
Lifetime maintenance, phase 4, teaches you ways to stay motivated. Your carb intake is limited to 90 grams in a day. You will be eating low carbs for the rest of your life. Some doctors have expressed concern about the long tern effects of the Atkins and other low carb plans.
High saturated fat consumption may cause an increased risk of heart disease. The lack of certain nutrients in this diet could cause future health problems. The limited intake of calcium could possibly put you at risk for Osteoporosis. The low antioxidant nutrients could lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging.
The Atkins diet is boring in the Induction phase. Vegetarians have a hard time with Atkins, particularly in the early stages, due to the limited amount of vegetables, nuts seeds and beans. The Atkins diet presents an image of good health from a proper diet. Some are concerned that once you go off the diet the weight comes back quickly.
The very low carbs in this diet could cause ketosis which can be dangerous for diabetics. The high cholesterol of this diet may cause constipation and heart disease because of the high fat content. This diet, low in fruits and veggies is consequently low in antioxidants that fight cancer. The Atkins plan is that it’s not intended for long term use and has serious side effects.
The Atkins Plan works, it is that simple. Weight loss is rapid and you can eat as much protein and fat, as you would like. The carbs eliminated by the Atkins diet can cause a loss of antioxidants which are known to prevent some cancers.
This high fat, high protein diet can increase the risk of elevated cholesterol and heart disease. This Diet really works, although some believe you can’t stay on it long term. If you go off the diet or cheat , you will begin to re-gain the weight. Once you start eating a more normal diet the initial weight loss will return.
As with any diet check with a physician-to make sure you are healthy to begin with. The Atkins diet, some believe, is not for long term use and that it poses some serous health risks. If you are overweight, you are already at risk for heart disease and other health problems, and Atkins could increase those risks.

7 Excuses For Not Starting Up Your Weight Loss Diet

7 Excuses For Not Starting Up Your Weight Loss Diet

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Changing habits is one of the most difficult challanges we human beings are facing. This also applies to changing food habits, and especially starting a weight loss diet, when you are used to eating what you want when you want it. When we feel defeated by this challenge it is easy to find excuses for not doing it. I’ll discuss 7 common excuses for not starting up or staying on a fitness diet, and give you some tips on what to do to get your mind “on track” again.
1.” I simply love good food, I will never be able to carry this diet out! “
There are two points worth commenting on in this statement. If you tell yourself that you will never be able to carry out your fat loss diet, I can almost guarantee you, you won’t. What you should tell yourself is: “I definately will be able to carry out this fat loss diet” and repeat it as often as possible. If you do, your mind will trust you more and more and finally it will know this as the truth.
Who said that you can’t eat good food? There are plenty of delicious gourmet foods you can eat while you lose weight and you can eat as much food as you want – but you have to eat it in certain combinations. There are weight loss programs today that pay attention to anybody’s needs and preferences and empahsize certain foods as the main ingredients in the diet. Chose a diet for losing weight that fit your preferences and tastes best.
2. “I have tried this many times before and I’m always falling back to my old eating habits before I have reached my weight loss goal. “
So, why not do it right this time? What did you do wrong last time, so you flipped out from your weight loss program? And the time before that? And before that? Do you see a pattern here? Did you use the same excuses? Be aware of what you said to yourself to justify the quitting of your diet. Look at your mistakes in a positive way, learn from them and do not make the same mistake this time.
3. “I will not be able to do my work good enough when I have to starve every day. “
If you have been on a diet for losing weight before, you know that this is BS. First, after a few days of little but healthy food – you will feel an increase in your energy. If you exercise in addition, the raise in energy will be even greater.
And which other person but yourself, said that you have to starve? There are fat loss plans out there structured so that you’ll never even have the slightest starving feeling during the dieting period. So that is no excuse for omitting your diet at all.
4. “My family and I always go to Sizzler’s every sunday – a tradition that we love. “
If that is a family tradition you love, there is no reason to stop it. If you chose a high protein diet, you can eat as much grilled meat as you want and even mix it with vegatables and carb substitutes. Or if you prefer fruits and vegatables – stay to these. Anyway, eat which ever combination you want but don’t eat so much -especially of foods high in fat and sugar. If this is the only “freak-out” per week, go to Sizzler’s, MacDonald’s, Golden Coral or wherever, and eat as much as you want. But stay on the diet the rest of the week, and you’ll still lose weight.
5. “I love to take a glass or two of cold beer when I’m sitting in the garden after dinner.
Do it, but not every day.
If you limit it to let’s say twice a week, you’re on the safe side; You will still lose weight if you stay on your diet, even with a few glasses of beer, vine or brandy per week. So, don’t use this argument for an excuse not to begin to lose excess fat.
6. “I travel much in my job, and have to stay in hotels and eat the hotel’s food. “
Most hotels will give you the food you order. If you stay on a low fat diet, order low fat food or chose food low in fat from the buffet. The same with low carb diets; order meat, fish, low carb vegetables and even carbohydrate substitutes. So, if you really want to lose weight, the hotel and traveling life is no valid excuse for omitting your weight loss.
7. “Many fat people seem to be very happy – why can’t I just be happy with who I am? “
Maybe you can. The question you have to ask yourself is: Am I happy with myself now? If you can answer an honest “yes” to this question, stay away from weight loss diets. If your answer is “no”, then find a diet among the arsenal of different types of diets offered today, that fits your needs and preferences best.
The selection of diets has never been bigger or more varied than today, so you can find one that fits you and your needs perfectly.

Best Diets To Lose Weight

Best Diets To Lose Weight

How many diets have you been on? If you are like most people who have been trying to lose weight, then it’s a safe bet that you have tried more than your fair share of diet plans. But, the fact that you are reading this points out one major fact: those other diets didn’t work as well as you had hoped. If they had, you wouldn’t be looking for information on the best diets to lose weight.

When considering various plans, remember that everybody is different. What works for others may not work for you, and vice-versa. See, if you have tried diet after diet, only to put all of the weight back on (if you even lost any), it’s not your fault. You were probably following a diet that worked, it just didn’t work for you. That doesn’t mean it was bad, it just means it wasn’t a match for you. It happens.

Don’t give up though. With the sheer number of weight loss plans out there, you can bet there is at least one that will work for you. If it helps, think of it as a game; a form of hide and seek. The right diet is hiding, and you are going to find it! Besides, having a good attitude about everything will make it that much easier for you.

Aha! That gets to the heart of the matter…how will you know when you have found one of the best diets to lose weight? That’s a great question. Again, everybody is different, but there are a few signs you should be looking for.

Is the diet balanced? Any diet that tells you to eat all the cabbage, cottage cheese or bacon that you want is a sure sign of trouble. No matter how much you love the particular food now; eating it all the time will make that enjoyment wear off. The same concept applies to diets that tell you to avoid whole groups of foods. Low-carb diets are a good example of these. Even if you see good results at first, such a diet is very hard to stick to. Sure, you can eat all the hamburgers you want (as long as you skip the bun), but the craving for carbs will end up being more than you can handle. So, be sure any diet you want to try allows you to eat a variety of foods.

The other reason a variety of foods is so important is nutrition. A lot of people think they can eat anything they like and then take a multivitamin to make everything okay. While you may want to take a vitamin supplement every day, it’s impossible for any pill to contain the full range of nutrients found in food.

Common sense is really the key to finding the best diets to lose weight. It may take a bit of time to find the right one for you, but it will be more than worth it once the weight comes off, and stays off…for good.

History of Obesity

History of Obesity

The ever-increasing crisis of child and adult obesity in the United States has spiraled into such alarming proportions. It is considered to be one of the easiest medical conditions to identify but the most difficult to cure. Excessive weight gain brought about by very poor diet and lack of physical exercise is primarily responsible to over 300,000 deaths of Americans every year. The annual cost of obesity have shoot up to an estimated $ 100 billion. This is simply quite too much for us to just ignore.

Overweight children have a greater probability of turning into overweight adults unless some interventions are made. The causes of obesity are quite complex and include a number of factors that include genetic, behavioral, cultural and biological. A person is at greater risk of obesity if he/she has a history of obesity in the family. Although heredity does not predetermine a person to be overweight, it has a great influence in the amount of body fat and its distribution. A person’s genes make him/her more prone to gaining weight. With a family history of obesity, the likelihood of a person of becoming obese can shoot up by about 25 to 30 percent. Although there is no known way of altering the genetic makeup of a person, weight reduction efforts will still pay off even if a person has a family history of obesity.

Aside from having a history of obesity, another contributing factor of obesity is the person’s eating attitude and lifestyle. Poor eating habits, excessive food intake and sedentary lifestyle are sure-fire ingredients to acquiring obesity.

Culture is also a big factor in developing obesity since the ethnic background of a person largely influences food choices. There are some family traditions and rituals that often encourage large servings of food. In a typical American diet, many of the foods have very high calories.

In some rare cases, obesity can be triggered by some medical ailments. However, there are less than 2 percent of all cases of obesity that can be attributed to a metabolic disorder, such as hormonal imbalance and low thyroid function.

Considering all the contributing factors of obesity, it is still a highly curable disease. It is essentially up to the person to take full responsibility of his/her health. It mainly boils down to a person’s attitude with regards to his/her health and lifestyle. Adapting a healthier diet, proper exercise and sticking to an effective weight loss program can considerably add years to a person’s life. Proper understanding and knowledge are the primary factors towards a longer and healthier life.