Overweight and Don’t Know Why? How You Can Get Your Health on Track
       Obesity is becoming more and more common in every state. We are a time-pressed nation,
fueled on caffeine and stress. Neither of those are good for waistlines and being obese can
have drastic health consequences. When trying to find a healthy balance in life, it’s important to
use wellness-focused actions, not crash diets and fads.
Take Stock of Mental Health
       Poor mental health can contribute to obesity, but obesity can also cause, or worsen, certain
conditions. Stress is also a factor in both, and can lead to worse things. Work in today’s society
is hectic and can result in ever increasing levels of stress. To combat this, sometimes one may
turn to addiction as an escape, which in turn can affect mental health and weight. Finding new,
healthy ways to deal with this stress is imperative. Exercise is one excellent way to handle
stress, addiction and obesity all at once. If you suspect you may have a disorder, or if you suffer
from addiction, talk to a therapist about ways to get healthy.
Eat Well
     There will always be the newest diet that promises instant, unbelievable results. They may work,
at first, but in the end, prove to be unmaintainable. A diet is not the answer, but your diet in
general is. A good deal of eating well comes down to how you plan your week and days. For
most, slow weight loss is the healthiest choice. Therefore, try not to cut back your calories too
much. Reducing by 500 a day can help you lose about one pound per week, which equals 52
pounds a year. That is a sizable change and may be aided by a regular exercise program.
      However, cutting calories alone isn’t enough. Focusing on healthy, wholesome foods is the best
thing to do. To keep your blood sugar and metabolism stable, snack regularly, especially foods
high in protein and fiber. The more fresh vegetables and fruits you eat, the better. Dairy, or other
calcium rich foods, can suppress fat storage, so pile on the cheese and put milk in your coffee.
Lastly, stay hydrated, as this can help curb cravings.
Find the Right Exercise
      The best exercise is not necessarily the one that burns the most calories, but is the one you do
the most frequently. Therefore, it makes sense that you should enjoy what you do, to ensure
that you do it more often, and don’t waste time and energy dreading your workout. Inviting a
friend along can help, either to the gym or for a walk around the neighborhood. You could give
yourself a reward system, and put $1 or $2 into a jar every time you exercise, and then, at the
end of the month or at a certain weight, reward yourself with something nice. Be adventurous
with classes. Try something exotic, like a kind of dance or even trapeze. Martial arts could be a
fun way to get your calorie busting in, and all while learning a new sense of discipline, too.
Rest Up
     Most people know that rest days can help the body recover, whether that means going for a
walk instead of a run, or taking an extra long bath instead of hitting the gym. However, sleep
affects how easily we lose weight, too. Studies suggest that those who sleep in longer, at least
seven hours a night, have their weight less controlled by genes and family history than those
who don’t sleep enough. So, if obesity runs in your family, you may be able to help yourself by
sleeping in just a bit more. You also burn more calories after a good night of sleep than after a
poor one. Sleeping well keeps you focused, and may even reduce fat.
      Many things fuel obesity such as stress and addiction. Change can seem impossible, and by
doing too much at once, you may be inadvertently sabotaging yourself. Integrate change at a
reasonable pace, discover workouts you genuinely enjoy, and you may find yourself feeling
better and more energized than ever.
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