How diets can help combat obesity

Great changes in the food industry have been visible in the past half a century. This has resulted in an increase in obesity, particularly over the past two decades. Diabetes and hypertension are major factors in the deaths of about 20 million people worldwide every year from cardiovascular disease. One of the root causes of diabetes and hypertension is the growing populace of overweight and obese persons. Obesity is a major health hazard worldwide, resulting in various common diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease etc. Obesity has also been commonly observed among children due to their physical inactivity and increased intake of junk foods. Six out of ten adult Americans are considered overweight or obese. USA has the highest number of obese adults and children in the world.

Over 29% of American women aged 20 to 39 years are reported to be clinically obese. While obesity is linked to increased risks in a majority of common problems related to pregnancy, obesity in the mother plays a direct role in transmission of these traits from generation to generation. Research suggests that children born of pregnancies complicated by either obesity or related gestational diabetes mellitus are at increased risk of obesity and impaired glucose tolerance.

Weight loss is recommended to lower increased blood glucose levels in overweight and obese persons with type 2 diabetes. Dieting is more popular among obese as many people follow strict diets to keep their body weight under check by following a low calorie diet including lifestyle modification, and indulge in a physical activity of about 30 minutes everyday.

There are certain foods like Soft drinks, Chips, Crackers that contain fats and a lot of salts and carbohydrates that should be avoided by those trying to lose weight. Snacking in between meals especially on unhealthy foods, a lack of time to prepare healthy meals at home and the availability of take away foods (high in salt and fats and low in fibers) are some of the main causes of obesity.

Some dieting tips to help with your diet and obesity are:

A low calorie obesity diet or a diet meant for adults with whole meal products rich in fiber will help lose weight steadily. Eating fewer calories than you are used to will help shed weight, not drinking alcohol, especially beer, will cut a big number of calories off of your diet. Alcohol is neither nutritious nor fibrous, but contains empty calories. Avoiding snacking between meals and eating at regular intervals and at fixed hours everyday, resisting second helpings during meals will benefit in weight loss and retention thereafter. Consume food at slow speed and stop eating when a feeling of fullness is felt.

As water aids digestion, drink lots of water when following obesity diets. This will help fill you up so you are less likely to eat more.

Following diets when obese can be difficult. Therefore strive to make the meal time as pleasurable as possible, have plenty of water to drink and ensure availability of healthy foods to snack on at all times to give you encouragement and make the whole process devoid of stress to motivate you. Eating smaller quantities at regular intervals will help keep blood sugar levels up, and help you avoid hunger pangs.