When compared to the rest of the world, Americans are fat. There’s no denying it – over two thirds of adults in the US are overweight, most by more than 25 pounds. Many factors contribute to what has been termed an obesity epidemic, among them lifestyle, food choices and inactivity. Gaining weight is seldom a problem. Losing those extra pounds though, is difficult at best and seemingly impossible for most.
Billions of dollars are spent annually by people searching for a magic formula for shedding the excess pounds that have crept on over the years. Fast weight loss schemes and diets make the writers and producers wealthy, but too often turn out to be quackery, ineffective or downright dangerous. The fact is, losing weight does not have to be complicated or expensive. To be permanent, however, permanent changes have to be made. The weight gain was a result of habits, and loss will require changing those habits. Here are some weight management tactics that will work
Plan Your Meals
Mealtime surprises many people who are involved in everyday activities. They look up and it’s time to eat. The solution too often is a quick and easy meal that is full of all the wrong ingredients. Usually the only good thing about it is that it’s fast and cheap. The calories add up quickly, and the result is too much of the wrong nutrients. Eating should fuel the internal machine, not overfill it. It’s much easier to eat nutritious food in the right quantities when meal planning becomes a priority instead of an afterthought.
Physical activity burns calories and contributes to good health. Active people feel better, have more lean muscle and tend to carry fewer pounds as fat. Everyone is not an athlete, but almost everyone can walk, play tennis, bicycle or play golf. Even going to the gym is better than sitting at home only exercising the television remote. Plus, those who are physically active are not snacking while sitting at home. Eating between meals is one of those habits that need to be broken.
Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day. The reasons for skipping breakfast are rooted in some of the eating and lifestyle habits that must be changed in order to reach the goal of attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. Staying up late watching television and snacking leads to sleeping in the next morning. Skipping breakfast permits the slowed metabolism of sleeping to continue throughout the morning, while eating a good breakfast jump-starts one’s energy and metabolism. In fact, possibly the best single way toward sustained weight management is to start each day with a good breakfast.
Incorporate Essential Oils into a Health Regime
Civilizations have recognized the health benefits of using essential oils throughout history. Modern medicine has largely ignored the available data until very recently. Numerous studies by people like D. Gary Young have recognized the important role essential oils can play in regulating the glands, which carry hunger messages to the human brain. Some oils also stimulate digestion and suppress appetite while others break down fat deposits, both of which contribute to weight loss.
The formula for losing weight and improving your health is simple. Choose healthy foods and plan meals, be active physically, start each day with a nourishing breakfast and utilize natural, essential oils to promote the body’s built in weight regulatory functions. As with any plan though, the execution is all-important.