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Obesity A Weighty Health Crisis
Thanksgiving brings to mind family, friends andovereating. So many of us struggle with maintaining a healthy weight, trying endless diets unsuccessfully, or losing the weight, only to gain it all back, and then some. Motivations for losing weight are usually to look better, but, the reasons we should lose weight can be much more important for our health than we may realize.
Carrying around extra weight can lead to more than 50 different and serious health problems. If you are overweight, you are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, and virtually all causes of death. Not to mention Osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal pain due to the additional load burden put on bones and joints. There is also a strong link between people who are overweight suffering from depression. A study, published in 2010 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that overweight people have a 55% higher risk of developing depression over time.
You may also be aware that you are gaining more weight as you age or have a much harder time keeping the weight off. Those of us who were fortunate to be able to eat anything as a youth realize only too late that our body is changing and we are developing more fat. We gain weight for a variety of reasons including lack of exercise, decreased hormones, overeating, and poor nutrition.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is aptly named. This is defined as the typical diet of the majority of Americans – a diet high in meat, dairy, fat, and sugar as well as refined, processed, and junk foods. Studies show the increase in obesity rates are largely due to consuming a high processed diet and a decline in nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables. The surplus and low quality of foods gets converted into fat. If you continue to fill up your body with fuel while depriving yourself of proper nutrition, you'll continue to gain weight. The kicker is you'll also remain malnourished and hungry all the time a vicious cycle. Your body will continue to crave proper nutrition despite being overweight. The “SAD” truth is that we're malnourished yet simultaneously obese!
Traditional weight loss programs don't work because they often restrict your calorie consumption to achieve temporary weight loss. The problem is at the same time you are losing weight you are damaging your metabolism by burning lean muscle. This makes it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
If you are ready to get serious and are committed to changing your eating habits, a better way to lose weight and keep it off is to replace calories from nutrient void foods with calories from nutrient dense foods. This keeps us from feeling hungry and is the safer, healthier way to keeping the weight off for good.
A medically supervised weight loss program that follows this regime is called the HCG Diet 2.0 Program. The HCG 2.0 Revised Diet is a macronutrient diet, in combination with HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) injections that rally the metabolism to breakdown fat that is typically stored in all the places we don't want it, i.e., bellies, thighs, arms, neck, etc.
No one can deny that losing weight to look and feel better is a fantastic benefit to weight loss. However, it may be more of a motivator to consider all the ways in which losing weight can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. Invest in your health; you are worth it.