Many food manufacturers produce “weight-loss” foods that are advertised with “low-fat” and “fat-free” options to persuade consumers to make healthier choices and purchase their products. However, in reality, foods advertised as low-fat and fat-free often replace monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — also known as “good” fats — with high-carb ingredients, or harmful preservatives and chemicals that have far worse effects on overall good body health.
Taking photos of yourself throughout your weight-loss journey is one of the best ways to track your progress. In most cases, it’ll be hard for you to determine just how well you’re doing unless you have before and after photos of yourself to compare against each other.
Obesity is continuing to rise in the United States; more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and rates of obesity have increased dramatically since 1990. Why are we as a nation continuing to pack on the pounds? There are many contributing factors, including changes in our lifestyle and in the type of food we eat. Check out the infographic below for more information.
When it comes to losing weight, most Americans become obsessed with standing on the scale on a daily or weekly basis and tracking weight-loss progress according to pounds lost. Standing on the scale can be an agonizing experience for most weight-loss surgery patients, especially when your weight seems to be at a stand-still, or perplexingly goes up and down repeatedly.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that can determine whether a person is at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other life-threatening health conditions. When your body ceases to function normally as a result of poor diet, nutrition, and lack of exercise, your risk of experiencing health problems will increase dramatically, especially if you suffer from one or more risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome.
In the United States and in most other regions of the world, a weight-loss patient is deemed eligible for bariatric surgery based on body mass index (BMI). Generally, patients are eligible for surgery if their BMI is within the obesity range above 30 and if they suffer from one or more comorbidities associated with being obese.
Most people understand that obesity is linked to a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, joint pain, heart disease, sleep deprivation, and more. However, new research shows that obese teens are more likely to suffer from these health problems when they become adults. Other complications of obesity, known as comorbidities, include asthma, kidney malfunction, and problems with walking.
When trying to lose weight, or even just maintain it, it’s helpful to become familiar with the number of calories in popular foods. One pound is the equivalent of 3,500 calories, so do lose one pound, you need to burn 3,500 calories than you take in. Depending on your weight, jogging for 40 minutes burns roughly 400 calories. Keep these figures in mind when you are tempted to reach for high-calorie foods like soda, cheeseburgers, and pizza. The following infographic shows the number of calories of many popular American foods.