Diet, Weightloss and Prescription Medication Options
If you're overweight, it's time to face the truth. You've got to do something about it. Your health is suffering. You're at risk for many chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. These are diseases that can shorten your lifespan. They rob you of valuable years.
When you lose the weight even 10% of your excess weight you can reverse these diseases. You can regain your health. You can get those years back.
Why does weight affect your health?
When you carry extra pounds around your belly, the body fat triggers inflammation throughout your body. Your blood vessels are affected, leading to risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke. Your blood sugar is also affected, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
Doctors call this condition "metabolic syndrome" and it's a red flag that you need to take your weight seriously. Even losing 10 or 20 pounds can make a big difference. By losing weight, you cut your risk of diabetes in half or more. You also decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. Your cholesterol will improve, as well as your blood pressure.
What the easiest way to lose weight?
Like many people, you have likely tried various diets. It's almost humorous the diets we read about even a cookie diet! The problem is, diets just don't work. No one can stay on a cabbage diet or other severe diet for very long. And it's not healthy. You've got to get the right nutrition.
Your lifestyle plays a huge role in gaining weight and losing it. By taking a smart approach to weight loss, you don't have to suffer. Like the proverbial tortoise, you can win this race the slow and easy way. Little changes make a big difference over time.
One tip: Make time for breakfast the right kind of breakfast.
It's so easy to drink coffee and call it breakfast. But coffee won't boost your metabolism like a real breakfast will. And boosting your metabolism is the key to losing weight. A simple egg-and-cheese omelet will do wonders for your metabolism. The protein in eggs and cheese will burn slowly, compared to sugary donuts. That slow burn allows your metabolism to stay in high gear longer. Lean meat and nuts are also good breakfast choices, because they have plenty of protein.
If you put a little spinach in that omelet, you're adding complex carbohydrates the type that also boost your metabolism. Fruits and vegetables are overall better for your metabolism, compared to simple carbs like sugary breakfast cereals, white bread, or pancakes (sorry, but it's true!).
Second tip: Cut sodas and junk food. It's no secret that sodas are packed with sugar. Research shows that even diet sodas lead to weight gain because they trigger your appetite, and you eat more food!
Wean yourself off the stuff, little by little. Water is simply healthier better for your body. Water helps your body process fat more efficiently. When you drink water, your stomach feels full, so you don't eat so much.
Simply making this one switch from soda to water will help you lose five pounds or more in one year's time. That's a pretty simple way to lose weight!
Third tip: Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Switch to lean protein, instead of fried foods. Eat whole grains instead of white bread or crackers. This is a healthy, balanced diet. Fourth tip: Get some exercise. You knew this was coming. But the truth is, you can't lose weight and keep it off without moving your butt.
Start small. Walk around the block after dinner. Every night. Then add a block every week. Work your way up to 20 minutes of walking every day. That little bit of exercise will help you burn 100 calories a day and that can add up to 10 pounds over a year's time.
Fifth tip: Just say NO! You saw this one coming, too. You've got to say NO to all those big meals the restaurants serve. Take part of it home. Box it up before you even start eating. Seriously, get that take-home container early before you even taste the meal.
Also--don't super-size when you're eating out!
Even better, eat home more often. Fix healthy meals that taste good. The internet is full of healthy recipes. Those food shows are always fixing healthy meals. Make it an easy stir fry a little chicken, some chopped-up vegetables, microwave a bag of brown rice.
Even a little steak on the grill, along with a few veggies, is healthier than what most restaurants serve. It's not rocket science. You can do this!
Is it time for Xenical?
If you have tried to lose weight without any real results you may need a prescription medication to accelerate the process.
Xenical is a medication that does just that. It works best for people who have a certain discipline who have made lifestyle changes, and have reduced their caloric intake. In a one-year clinical trial, from 35 to 55 percent of patients taking Xenical had a 5 percent or more decrease in body mass (not all body fat).