Healthy Habits You Should Start Today
America’s increasing obesity has been labeled a health crises that is threatening the health of every single man, woman, and child in today’s society. It’s important to understand the threat of obesity, and exactly what has caused it and ways you can prevent it happening to you, or how to get fit so that you can stay healthy and happy. Obesity has increased so fast in the United States for a multitude of reasons, but two reasons are the main source for why so many American’s are having trouble controlling their weight.
The first, and possibly the most common reason why people in the United States are having this issue is because of the kind of food produced and sold here. In just the last fifty years, the amount of processed food has risen exponentially. Processed foods are foods that are generally cheaper, but packed with sugar, salt, fat, and carbs that are terrible for our bodies. While not all processed foods are bad, the majority of them are, especially when we think of cheaper processed foods. The cheapness and convenience of processed foods is the main reason why obesity has become to common, and is why it’s targeting lower-income communities. People with lower incomes generally do not have as much money to spend on whole, good foods that are essential to our diets, so they resort to convenience meals that are cheaper and mass produced. Low income families also have less time, especially those that are working, so this just doubles the chances of them getting processed food.
The second most common reason as to why obesity is facing Americans in such large numbers is because of the rise and access to technology. The majority of entertainment that most Americans consume is by using screens. We are a less active society and therefore spend hours in front of the television, computer, and phone screens. This has made it less common for physical activity to be the main source of calorie expenditure, making those high-calorie processed meals collect around our mid-sections. Another reason why we are exercising less in the United States is because we have an increasing number of desk jobs, where we spend the majority of our time, and spend it sitting. This is horrible for our health, so it’s important to find time to make sure that we exercise.
If you want to get fit, or keep this from happening to you, there are a few steps that you can take to make sure that you and your family are happy and healthy and live longer lives. The first thing you should do is to concentrate on your diet. You should make sure that the majority of the food that you are buying are whole foods rich in fiber and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables should fill the majority of your meals, and adding things like nuts, grains, and meats. If you don’t have the time to prepare your food, it’s important to consider meal prepping. This is an excellent way to make sure that you have access to fast and easy to make food without sacrificing your family’s health. You can do this easily and find recipes that work for you and your family by visiting places like Pinterest.
You should also make sure that you exercise as much as you can. You can do this by walking to work and taking the stairs when you can. You should also think about limiting your and your childrens time in front of screens, and positively reinforcing things like playing outside and other physical activities like sports. The biggest issue when it comes to losing weight is motivation. If you have issues with this yourself, try buying a smaller size outfit you love from Ann Taylor and hanging it up in your room to act as daily motivation to fit into it.