The problem with a Western diet is they are irresistibly delicious, otherwise, nobody would want to follow it and not many would balloon into obesity. But, that is just it. Though it is delicious by the looks and taste, most of what it contains is high calories, which are definitely what making almost a third of North Americans obese, without counting those who are overweight.
Obesity and overweight should not supposedly be a problem if not for the health dangers they both poses. Doctors and medical scientists never fail to provide evidence linking obesity to serious illnesses including certain cancers, heart diseases, diabetes, and insulin resistance. That’s why weight management programs like weight watchers are so popular, some doctors even recommend them.
The culprits are the high-fat diets and a sedentary lifestyle. An obese individual may find it hard to engage in physical exercises in the beginning because the stamina has not been trained. Thus, he or she may easily get exhausted.
Now, when it comes to diet, people cannot resist the convenient and fast foods such as hotdogs, cold cuts, red meat, chicken, ham, and more meat from processed and pre-packaged. Foods that are processed and pre-packaged are not healthy as they contain Trans fats. If you have a problem with controlling your eating habit, I suggest that you join Jenny Craig as they will send healthy food packages to your house every day.
To help reduce the calorie consumption each day and survive, 4 tips are listed below which are deemed to be effective as they came from obese individuals themselves who wanted to share what helped them.
Avoid junk foods. We refer junk foods as the ones bought from the convenience store, including the canned goods, instant noodles that are pre-packaged with seasonings and everything, and all other foods that are already prepared and preserved, that you only have to re-heat through an oven to make the taste alive and real.
No offense to the food processors, however, these foods contain large quantities of preservatives and additives such as flavorings and colorings to retain the look of freshness. This simply means, they can do harm to the body by serving its purpose.
Choose Natural. When it comes to seasoning or enriching flavor to the foods prepared, use natural ingredient such as a lemon or lime. More spices instead of the one advertised that has a complete mixture of all spices in one pack or cube. While they do have granules of real spices, the nutrients are already depleted during the processing. Again, they are not devoid of preservatives, lest they easily rot on the shelf.
Healthy Fats. Fats are needed by our body. Among the fats that are not manufactured naturally by the body are the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. These 2 are considered good fats because they promote HDL in the bloodstream. Some of the oils recommended are from olive, safflower, canola, nuts, grape seed, corn, and more. These healthy fats contain essential amino fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6.
Never Forget Proteins. Cut out on high-fat meats, yes, but not on lean meats for protein intake. The muscles have proteins as their building blocks. If lean meat is chosen, try roasted beef or chicken without the skin; and do not forget to exercise moderation in adding meat to the diet. Non-meat sources of protein include tofu, fish, egg, soya milk, and low-fat yogurt.
If all else fails and you seem to be confused about what is said above, remember, to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, and cut out on junk foods and fatty meats.