We are living in a land plagued with obesity. We have entered a healthcare crisis leading to diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. I’m sad to report that Oklahoma ranks 3rd as the fattest state in our country, right behind Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the CDC.
We all know that losing weight can be challanging at best and maintaining a healthy weight is sometimes just as difficult. As we age, our metabolism changes, our hormones change, and our weight changes. But, there is no mystery behind this epidemic- we simply need to examine the American diet and lifestyle. Living a life on the go, eating fast-food and microwave dinners, the health of the American people has been sacrificed. Instead of eating a diet of pure, wholesome foods coming directly from the land, Americans eat a diet of packaged, processed, and refined foods.
Fast-food restaurants have become mainstream in the past 30 years and practically all of America takes advantage of the cheap prices, quick service and tasty meals. Convenient as they may be, these meals contain practically no nutrients. They are comprised mostly of saturated fats and highly refined carbohydrates and are loaded with sodium and sugar.
Weight management should be a long-term approach to a healthy lifestyle. It includes a balance of healthy eating and physical exercise. I’m not talking about being “skinny” – I’m talking about being “healthy.” Developing healthy eating habits while using tips that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools. Knowing what your body needs is important and can control overconsumption and underconsumption of food. We do not include FAD diets that promote quick, temporary weight loss. We want to focus on the long-term results that are achieved through slow weight loss, followed by retention of an ideal body weight for age, sex and height.