This new study actually took place over the course of a year. In this study, 4,000 obese people over the age of twenty were interviewed. Of these, 40% stated that they had lost 5% of their body weight while 20% of the participants stated they had lost 10% of their body weight.
They key to their success wasn't one of the fad diets or weight loss pills. The answer they found came from diet and more exercise. They didn't go look for some fast way to lose the weight without having to put forth any effort. What they did was work for it. Losing weight isn't an easy thing to do, but just like anything else, if you have to work for it, you will appreciate it more.
Weight loss doesn't have to be expensive. To be completely honest with you, it is going to save you money in the long run. Being overweight increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer. Getting any of these is going to cost you a lot more, not only in monetary value, it could cost you your life. Eating healthy and doing more physical activity will do more than help in weight loss, it is going to help you get healthy.
After you reach your weight loss goals, the hard thing is going to be to keep it off. In all reality, this isn't that difficult to do. You have already changed your eating and exercise habits, and all you have to do is keep from going back to the old habits that got you where you were in the first place. It's OK to cheat every now and then, it's not the end of the world if you have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar. You can still have the foods that you love, on occasion. One of the keys to weight loss is moderation.
Increasing your physical activity is imperative when it comes to weight loss. This doesn't mean that you have to go out and run 3 miles or spend 2 hours at the gym on a elliptical machine. Just by going out for a bike ride with the kids is exercise. Go to the swimming pool and actually do some swimming instead of watching everyone else do it. None of these things are expensive and they could help save your life in the long run. There are numerous other things that you can do to help in your weight loss, things that can actually make doing so enjoyable. Pick a physical activity that you enjoy (or enjoyed before), and start doing it.
In closing, I just want to mention that the obesity rate in Americans, reported by HealthPop, is close to 60%. That means that 60% of you are at a greater risk for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and numerous other health problems. You are the only one who can make yourself healthy. Your weight loss will have a big impact on not only the length of your life, but the quality of life as well.
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