It is one of the most unsettling statistics of our time: 69% of Americans are overweight. Being overweight can reduce your energy and prevent you from enjoying life. And unfortunately, the potential repercussions go much deeper. Being overweight can have serious health implications. Excessive weight increases the risk that you will suffer from heart disease or even have a heart attack or stroke. It increases the risk of colon, rectum, breast, uterus, thyroid, and other types of cancer. It increases the risk that you will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoarthritis.
Gaining weight as we age is quite common, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. We have strategies to share to help you lose weight, maintain a healthy weight once you reach your goal, and learn to eat properly so that you can enjoy exercise, chase your kids or grandchildren, gain satisfaction from work and hobbies, and participate completely in life. You only get one body in this life: make it one you are proud of and happy to call your own.
From as early as your twenties, you may notice that losing weight becomes more difficult. It’s not your fault! Hormonal changes cause the metabolism to slow down as we age, so that your body burns fewer calories than it did when you were young.
One of the most important and easiest modifications we can make to our diet as a start to losing weight is to increase how much fiber we consume. Eating more fiber makes one feel full, and there are so many wonderful sources of fiber in whole foods.
Challenge yourself to include fiber-rich foods in your daily diet. Berries are a sweet source of fiber. In summer, while they are local and abundant, we should be eating them by the handful every day. In winter, frozen berries are a wonderful option.
Say no to the that 3 o’clock pastry and indulge in fiber-rich almonds instead; they keep you satiated and increase healthy gut bacteria. We love almonds in all their incarnations, from slightly sweet to savory flavors. They make a terrific snack to stash in your purse or keep at your desk.
Why not combine the two? Blend berries with almond milk, add a handful of flax or chia seeds and you’ve got yourself a satisfying smoothie that is much more beneficial than a mocha latte.
Of course, lots of veggies add fiber as well. Think cauliflower, green beans, onions, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Have you had brussels sprouts with bacon? If not, you are missing out on a delicious treat!
Adopting a diet rich in fiber doesn’t mean eating like an old person. Choosing the right foods and eating them in new combinations can make a fiber-full diet creative, exciting, delicious and satisfying.
With offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Evolved Medical understands why people gain weight and can help you make the kind of lifestyle changes necessary to ensure a life of physical enjoyment. Contact us for a weight loss consultation. We want you to love your body and live life to the fullest!