Monday, September 7, 2009

why is it important to maintain a healthy weight

why is it important to maintain a healthy weight..many people have not recognized the important of a healthy weight but If we fall out of the healthy weight and get into the overweight or obesity numbers, it is significant to know that we have very high possibility to get one, or several, of the following disorders (if you don´t already have it):
• Diabetes.
• Heart disease
• Stroke.
• Hypertension.
• Gallbladder disease.
• Osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of the joints)
• Sleep apnea and other breathing problems.
• Some forms of cancer (uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder).
• High blood cholesterol
• Pregnancy complications. Hirsutism (excess body and facial hair).
• Psychological disorders such as depression
• Increased surgical risk.
• Physical incapacity to perform simple tasks. This may be the worst, psychologically.
As you may know, the general world population is getting fatter by the minute. Obesity is becoming the 21st century plague. For example, 65% of US adults are overweight and 30% are obese. That sounds incredible to me.... Diabetes is becoming pandemic, even in young adults.
This may not mean anything to many, even if we are part of the obesity problem. It is when we start to suffer its effects that we think that maybe, yes maybe, not for sure, it is getting to me. Oh yeah, probably it won’t do me any harm, we all wish. But reality may be something else, and when it hits, it hits hard. Our life is at risk.
So from now on we should pay more attention to maintain a healthy weight here are some methods you can follow.
1. Exercise. Regular physical activity burns calories and builds muscle — both of which help you look and feel good and keep weight off. Walking the family dog, cycling to school, and doing other things that increase your daily level of activity can all make a difference. If you want to burn more calories, increase the intensity of your workout and add some strength exercises to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when you aren't exercising.
2. Reduce screen time. One reason people get less exercise these days is because of an increase in "screen time" — the amount of time spent watching TV, looking at the computer, or playing video games. Limit recreational screen time to less than 2 hours per day. If you're with friends at the mall, you're getting more exercise than if you're IMing them from your room.
3. Watch out for portion distortion. Serving sizes have increased over the past 10 years, and these extra calories contribute to obesity. Another key factor in weight gain is that more people drink sugary beverages, such as sodas, juice drinks, and sports drinks. So choose smaller portions (or share restaurant portions) and go for water or low-fat milk instead of soda.
4. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Fruits and veggies are about more than just vitamins and minerals. They're also packed with fiber, which means they fill you up. And when you fill up on fruits and veggies, you're less likely to overeat when it comes to high-calorie foods like chips or cookies.
5. Don't skip breakfast. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, burning calories from the get-go and giving you energy to do more during the day. People who skip breakfast often feel so hungry that they eat more later on. So they get more calories than they would have if they ate breakfast. In fact, people who skip breakfast tend to have higher BMIs than people who eat breakfast.