If you had any health new years resolution such as losing weight, how well are you doing? It’s mid of February and statistically, about a third of resolutions do not make it past the first month and 80% of resolutions disappear by the second week of February. The most common New Year’s resolutions for 2020 are exercising more (50%), saving money (49%), eating healthier (43%), and losing weight (37%). Although we make resolutions with the best intentions, according to the U.S. News and World Report, sadly, most of us don’t make it. My colleague Dr Gary Lindner has created this insightful post with great tips and information you’d surely appreciate.
“The only reason I am fat is because a tiny body couldn’t store all of this personality. ”
DON’T DISMAY, IF YOUR GOAL IS TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP YOU.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for well-being. In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it can also lower the risk of many different cancers and chronic diseases.
WHO has called obesity a global pandemic with worldwide obesity tripling since 1975 that has global implications for health and disease.
In one of the largest studies ever to examine obesity rates across the globe, researchers found that more than 60% of men, 50% of women and 1/3rd of children are either overweight or obese. They concluded that obesity is a growing problem in all regions of the world, even among traditionally lean Asian populations.
A recent study in The Lancet (April 2016) reported for the first time in human history obese people outnumber underweight people. These statistics were gathered from 200 countries and nearly 20 million people for over 20 years.
In order to achieve a goal, it is important to become aware of all the factors that may affect your outcome. When trying to achieve a healthy weight keep in mind that more is involved than just diet and exercise.
Top Factors Affecting Weight:
Heredity- Some people are genetically predisposed to gain weight more easily than others.
Diet- The quantity and quality of food in your diet has a strong impact on weight including food addictions such as sugar.
Physical Inactivity- Weight gain and loss are primarily a formula of total calories consumed versus total calories used.
Dehydration- Inadequate hydration has been shown to slow metabolic processes and increase weight gain.
Sleep Deficiency- People who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep. Environmental Factors- Environmental toxins in our bodies have been shown to affect weight.
An effective weight management plan is more than just what we eat and how much we exercise. It requires attention to several self-care processes that can affect our weight. Nutrition, sleep, hydration and stress management are all important for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Are you Hungry or Thirsty?
The same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting both hunger and thirst signals which can often result in mixed messages. Many times, we eat high caloric foods when we are actually thirsty. “Mild dehydration is often masked as feelings of hunger when really your body just needs fluids,” says Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The confusion happens in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates both appetite and thirst.
A 2016 study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults and found that the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water by one per cent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.
Sleep and Weight
Research indicates that there is a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deficiency promotes hunger and increased appetites. Poor or insufficient sleep increases levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin and decrease levels of the satiety/fullness hormone called leptin, which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
Sugar is Everywhere
There are over 600,000 food items in the U.S. and 80% of them contain added sugars. Sometimes in foods that we wouldn’t suspect as having added sugars.
One of the main problems is excess sugar consumption. To put this into context, the average daily consumption of sugar by Americans in 1822 was 9 grams a day. It is currently 153 grams a day per individual. This is a 17-fold increase in less than 200 years. We change very slowly biologically, yet we have drastically altered what we are eating and the amount of sugar we are consuming.
America isn’t the only country that loves sugar and excess sugar consumption has become a global issue.
Sugar is highly addictive. The first self-care defence is to check food labels and monitor your daily sugar intake. The American Heart Association and many other international health agencies recommend 6 teaspoons or 25 grams and 9 teaspoons or 36 grams daily as daily sugar intake. The best way to break the sugar addiction is by consuming protein. Protein Shakes are ideal for this and a great way to start your day.
Your Environment and Weight
I think we can all agree we live in a toxic world. Each of us has 200 or more environmental toxins in our bodies and many have been shown to affect weight. Including exposure to environmental chemicals with endocrine-disrupting activities, heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, organophosphates, and phthalates. BPA has been linked with numerous disturbing health issues like obesity and diabetes, cancer and behavioural disorders. In addition, PCB, PBBs, and many other substances have been documented to cause weight gain.
The Good News
Other than heredity, the factors that affect our weight are ones in which we all have choices. The solutions are straight forward and can be accomplished by first becoming aware of the problem and then making simple healthy choices. This will be the context of our next Healthy by Choice class and how the Nikken Wellness Home products and technologies provide simple, effective and affordable solutions, so anyone can Be Healthy by Choice.
Join us for an informative broadcast Tuesday, February 4th at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific. at www.theroyalalliance.com/live.
Dr Gary’s wish and mine is for you to BE HEALTHY BY CHOICE.
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