Obesity can have very negative effects on the health of an individual. In fact, there is a multitude of reasons that can cause a person to face obesity— like genetics, excessive eating, inadequate exercise, and even psychological factors that work individually, or together, with other factors. Actually, obesity is a problem that most countries in the world face.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 13% of adults throughout the world are overweight. Furthermore, 15% of all women in the world are overweight, and 11% of all adult males. Even though obesity is an increasing problem, there are some common techniques to control obesity. Below are some of the easiest ones to implement. We emphasize preventing obesity in women because it occurs much more often in women.
1. Restrict Intake of Added Sugar
One very common technique to control obesity is to limit the intake of sugar. Further, consuming a lot of sugar is linked to many health problems including diabetes and cardiovascular disease/heart disease. Americans usually eat 10 to 15 teaspoons of sugar every day, and for the most part, the consumption is hidden. Much processed food is loaded with added sugar and consumed without regard to the excessive sugar intake caused by them. It’s difficult to find out how much sugar is in processed foods because there are so many different names for it. Therefore, use healthy alternatives instead of processed foods.
2. Avoid Processed Food and ‘Fast Food’
This brings us to the second method among the common eating techniques to control obesity. Processed foods come with many ingredients that are not healthy at all. There are also a lot of extra calories and fats in all shapes and sizes hidden within processed foods.
These foods are prepared for quick and easy consumption. Examples of many processed foods are bologna, franks, pizza, and sugary cereals. They’re the reason why there is a condition known as addictive eating which is the biggest enemy of a healthy lifestyle. It is one of the main reasons for obesity.
Another key way people become obese is by eating a lot of ‘Fast Food’ from ‘Fast Food’ restaurants because they are very convenient. Examples are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French Fries, sodas, and sugary drinks and desserts.
3. Eat Many Fruits and Vegetables Instead of Juices
Eating fruits and vegetables instead of drinking a lot of juices is a very effective way to control obesity. It’s a method of weight loss that’s healthy and proves that you don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight. The reason why you should opt for fruits and vegetables instead of juices is that juices are basically liquid calories. By comparison, fruits and vegetables contain calories, nutrients, and fibers in ideal quantities. That’s why you can consume more of them without worrying about consuming excessive amounts of calories. Studies have also shown that people who tend to eat more fruits and vegetables have fewer weight problems.
As you can see, controlling obesity is never about starving yourself and exercising until you drop. It’s about changing your lifestyle into a healthier one. Routine exercise along with the right kind of food will go a long way to reducing the chance of becoming obese, and the health risks associated with it.
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