Over 69% of Americans are considered overweight or obese and this number continues to climb at alarming rates. Since the early 1980s, when sugar intake was increased exponentially in the American diet, waistlines have continued to soar. Not being at your ideal body weight can directly affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, as well as put you at risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other causes of mortality. That being said, a lot of people have a desire to loose weight in 2016, but don’t know how or where to start.
Having a plan with achievable goals is key. If you have a desire without a plan, you can easily find your weight unchanged or even higher at the end of the year. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider and have an individual resting metabolic rate measured. This tells you exactly how many calories you burn each day at rest. If you consume more calories than you burn then you will gain and not loose weight.Remember being full is not the same as being nourished. What foods we choose to eat for fuel determines how well our bodies perform mentally and physically. Keeping a food diary of the kinds of foods you eat, amounts, as well as the calories and nutrition content can be made simple with modern technology. This information can easily be reviewed with your health care provider to make changes in your diet based on your metabolic rate and weight loss goals, as well as strategies to combat social influences, habits, schedules, and other life stressors that can hinder your end results.