Most nutritionists and health advocates suggest that unhealthy life style choices like poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are the main reasons behind 90% of chronic diseases and health problems.
The Standard American diet known as (SAD) has many sad consequences such as increase in risk of obesity, and obesity-related diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, stroke, cancer, arthritis, coronary artery disease, kidney problems, gallbladder disorders, and diabetes. According to research, more than 65% of Americans are either obese or overweight.
In addition to obesity’s serious health consequences, obesity has real economic price, costing the American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Currently obesity related diseases cost the tax payers somewhat around $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.
Don’t dig your own grave with your knife and fork
The road to obesity is paved with your own knife and fork:
Processed foods, convenience foods and junk foods high in sugar, salt, MSG, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), additives and preservatives, high intake of red meat, processed meats, fried foods, foods high in carbohydrates, GMOs, and foods high in trans fats (in form of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils) are the main reason behind the increase in rate of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Eating a balanced diet rich in variety of nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats (omega 3 fatty acids and DHA), and magnesium could significantly lower the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Here are the top tips if you want to lose weight or lower your risk of obesity:
- Have smaller portions and eat more frequently
- Cut down addiction to sugary drinks, processed foods and junk foods
- Incorporate foods high in omega 3 fatty acids in foods such as nuts and seeds, olives, olive oil, avocado,and wild salmon in your diet.
- Walking is the best form of regular exercise that you could incorporate in your daily routine
- Incorporate 50% raw organic fruits and vegetables in your diet
- Eat more magnesium rich foods such as dark chocolate, green leafy vegetables, legumes such as beans and seafood such as wild salmon.