Time goes by pretty fast when you are leading a busy life. Once again, we are preparing to enter a new year – getting ready to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the year 2018 into our lives.
While some people are looking forward to the new year, others are rather fearful of entering yet another year of being unhealthy, overweight and experiencing a lower quality-of-life.
Today, we want to tell our readers that there is no need to continue living an unhealthy life. There is no need to be overweight anymore.
Yes, it may be a little hard to start living a healthier life since there are many lifestyle changes that are needed to become healthier and lose* the extra weight, but it is possible – you simply need some perseverance, motivation and know about some smart “tricks” that can help you reach your goals.
The Motivation – Why You Need To Lose* Weight
Information about obesity is readily available. A paper published on Intech Open explains that obesity is a public health concern that is continuing to grow at quite a rapid rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent data regarding the obesity trends in the United States estimated that as much as 36.5% of the United States population is obese.
Living with obesity is considered a serious health concern and contributes to a great number of risks that can lead to premature death in millions of people.
The National Institutes of Health explains that obesity puts a person at a much greater risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a serious medical condition that causes blood sugar levels to spike; thus leading to a number of unpleasant symptoms.
In addition to type 2 diabetes, people who are obese are also more likely to experience high blood pressure and a stroke, as well as sleep apnea, back pain and joint pain. Heart disease, osteoarthritis and gallbladder disease have also been linked to obesity.
If these are not enough to convince you that losing weight is extremely important for any person who is currently overweight or obese, then also consider the fact that obesity has been linked to an increase* in the risk of developing certain cancers.
The risk of colon cancer seems to be the most troublesome in most people. Men are also at a higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, while a woman’s risk of breast cancer increased with obesity.
The Plan – Losing Weight Effectively
Losing weight does not happen overnight and it is important to know that the person that needs to lose* weight will need to bring their part in order for such a journey to be successful.
There are many details that need to be considered when trying to lose* weight, but this all starts with the particular individual’s current lifestyle. Obese people usually have excess weight due to low levels of physical activity, combined with a diet that exists out of unhealthy food choices.
These are two of the most important habits that need to be eliminated from their lives in order to reach a healthy weight and live a better life.
While some medical procedures have been introduced to assist people with losing weight, these should only be considered when a person is at a serious level of obesity that requires immediate medical attention. For others, the most effective methods of losing weight usually lie within some appropriate lifestyle changes.
Healthline explains that scientific studies have found the most effective ways to not only lose* weight, but also keep the lost pounds off, is to eat a breakfast that is packed with protein, to avoid any drinks that are high in sugar (including fruit juices), to have some water before eating a meal and to stick to foods that are healthy and not considered fattening.
Soluble fiber and the consumption of unprocessed, whole-foods are also amongst the top methods of losing weight and keeping it off. In addition to following a healthier diet, it is also important to participate in different types of exercises on a daily basis for the best results.
The Hack – Best Diet Shakes
Finally, we want to offer you a hack that could come in handy when trying to lose* weight, but faced with a schedule that is simply too busy to allow you the time to prepare special foods that accompany the lifestyle changes you need to make to lose* weight and become a healthier person.
The hack we want to discuss is meal replacement shakes. These shakes have become quite popular and usually contains a range of different nutrients that are important for bodily function, as well as compounds that may assist with your weight loss* efforts.
These meal replacement shakes are the perfect alternative to having to prepare multiple healthy meals on a daily basis. Start your day with such a shake, then take one or two with you to work. To end the day off, you can prepare one healthy meal for dinner to ensure you obtain solid foods as well.
As you become healthier and your weight gets reduced*, you could reduce* the intake of meal replacement shakes and start to implement more whole-food based healthy dishes in your daily diet.
There are quite a large variety of weight loss* smoothies and meal replacement shakes that you can prepare for yourself. There is no need to go out to a local smoothie bar or a health shop to have such a smoothie. All you need is a blender and some ingredients, and you are ready to go.
SELF recommends trying some of the following smoothies and shakes as meal replacements to obtain enough calories and carbohydrates to keep you going, fiber to support your digestive system and protein to help you on your weight loss* journey:
- Green Sunrise Smoothie
- Pumpkin Powerhouse
- Vanilla-Berry Blast
- Belly-Busting Berry Smoothie
- Spirulina Smoothie
- Chia-Berry Belly Blaster
- Spicy Tropical Greens Delight
Losing weight is possible with motivation and some smart hacks that can help busy people adhere to the important lifestyle changes that are needed to achieve their weight loss* goals.
The goal of weight loss* is not only to produce a slimmer, more attractive body for a person, but also to help that person reduce* their risk of developing serious diseases that can lead to premature death.
In this post, we discussed why people need to lose* weight, how they can lose* weight and also looked at whether smoothies, best diet shakes and meal replacement shakes can be useful for assisting such a person in their weight loss* journey.
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