How to Overcome Obesity with Wellness-Focused Actions
The rate of obesity in the United States has been on the upswing for years. In 2015, a Gallup poll found that 27.7 percent of Americans were clinically obese, a two percent increase over the results of a 2008 poll. The health consequences are severe and include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, gallstones and sleep disorders. The annual medical cost of obesity is about $147 million.
Overcoming obesity can be a notoriously difficult undertaking for people who follow an exercise and dietary regimen because some celebrity or workout guru says they should try it. In truth, the only effective way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body type is to find and settle on a workout routine you find enjoyable and couple that with a balanced diet. It’s unlikely that you’ll stick with exercises you don’t like or find boring, so don’t feel bad if the latest exercise fad or diet doesn’t work for you. The trick is to find an approach you can sustain over time, because regular exercise and wellness-focused actions are very important when it comes to overcoming obesity.
Work Out at Home
If you’re hesitant to take out a gym membership and don’t like the idea of working out among other people, you may feel more comfortable setting up a home gym. It’s easy to do and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can get excellent workouts with dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and a Swiss ball. You can always add more weights when you’re ready to move onto something more challenging. Remember, you can adapt your exercise routine if you start getting bored with it. There are many apps you can download that’ll help you establish a regimen that’s both enjoyable and results oriented. Select a part of your home that offers enough space for free movement and which can accommodate all of your workout equipment.
This is another part of your wellness routine that you shouldn’t overcomplicate. Trendy diets may or may not work, but you can’t go wrong by adhering to a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats. The key is to stick with it – consistency is very important when you’re trying to lose weight. Consider meeting with a nutritionist who can help you establish a diet that makes sense for you. Many nutrition experts contend that it’s important to cook your own meals at home so you can control what goes into the foods that you’re eating. Following a dietary routine is important because you want your body to begin craving vegetables and healthy protein rather than cheeseburgers.
Don’t Stint on Sleep
This may seem an obvious point, but it’s necessary to stress it because so many people these days believe that sleep is dispensable, something you can always catch up on later. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. When you begin to build up a sleep deficit, you brain begins to produce higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which also heightens your appetite. Failing to get enough sleep also leaves you feeling tired, which means you’re less likely to keep up your exercise routine. In short, sleep really matters.
Obesity is often a direct result of a mental problem like depression or anxiety. You’ll need to address any mental or emotional issues that may be contributing to your weight problem. The connection between depression and obesity is a true mind-body connection, and it must be addressed if you’re to succeed in losing weight sustainably.
Obesity is a condition that can be overcome like many others: with determination and a well-conceived action plan. Make sure you don’t ignore the wellness-focused actions that contribute so much to your overall health. Exercise, eat right, get your sleep, and stick with it!
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