So, what's all the fuss and concern? Obesity has health consequences. The complications resulting of obesity can have a considerable negative effect on the quality and length of a person's life. These complications can also have a significant impact on health care costs. People who are obese are at a higher risk of numerous illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Obesity also increases the risk of:
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After reaching 250 pounds, Stephanie hit her breaking point—but thankfully found DietBet.com, a weight loss challenge site that allows you to set up or join a monetized challenge over a four-week period—and whomever's lost four percent of their body weight (or more) in the 28 days split the pot. It gave Stephanie a concrete goal to focus on (winning $$$), while meeting others who were facing the same obstacles. "The friendship and camaraderie is what keeps me coming back," she says. "And making it a game makes it more fun and motivating." At the end of the challenge, Stephanie had lost 82 pounds—and cashed in on a pretty $1,600. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.
Many people who need to lose weight try crash dieting, which is a short-term solution that will increase your body fat levels in the long term. Continual cycles of dieting, weight loss and weight gain are called 'yoyo' dieting. Yoyo dieting does not help you to maintain a healthy body weight. Your body responds to these periods of semi-starvation by lowering its metabolic rate.
"Order without looking at the menu. Almost every restaurant has the basics—veggies, grains, and protein. If you go in knowing what you want, I guarantee you'll be able to make a meal. If you're too uncomfortable to ask for what you need, tell a white lie: Say you're allergic. I know it's controversial to suggest this, but women in particular can really have trouble standing up for their own needs. So if you want the broccoli soup puréed without cream, tell the waiter you're lactose intolerant."
Ashley knew that planning ahead was the only way she could lose the weight—but it needed to be easy and not require hours of food prep on Sunday. "When I started out, weight-loss felt overwhelming," she says. So she got a kick-start from Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating, which provides calorie-counted, pre-portioned meals—21 of them per week, to be exact. "They did all the work for me, and the easier a diet is to follow, the more successful I'll be." Once that felt manageable, she eased into prepping healthy food herself, and now does it two nights each week. "I was hypertensive, obese, and at risk for diabetes in my mid-thirties," she says. All of that? Gone.
Keep hunger levels steady. Hard workouts often increase hunger levels. And sometimes they even increase your sense of entitlement to food. For example, you might feel that you deserve a high-calorie meal or treat after hard exercise because you earned it with your effort. But easy workouts are less likely to leave you starving. The result is that you may eat less with an easy fitness program.
The degree to which exercise aids weight loss is open to debate, but the benefits go way beyond burning calories. Exercise can increase your metabolism and improve your outlook—and it’s something you can benefit from right now. Go for a walk, stretch, move around and you’ll have more energy and motivation to tackle the other steps in your weight-loss program.
The trick here is not only to avoid all obvious sources of carbohydrate (sweets, bread, spaghetti, rice, potatoes), but also to be careful with your protein intake. If you eat large amounts of meat, eggs and the like, the excess protein will be converted into glucose in your body. Large amounts of protein can also raise your insulin levels somewhat. This compromises optimal ketosis.
Now that I’ve been sticking with my lifestyle changes for several months, I feel like I’m more equipped to manage this. I’ve learned what a healthy day of eating feels and looks like and I’m much more mindful about my food consumption. I keep a checklist on my kitchen counter and mark things off as I prepare each meal or snack. It’s a great reminder to add some veggies to my lunch or eat some low-fat dairy as an afternoon snack.
Yes, but probably not as much as you might hope. A review of studies on five major FDA-approved prescription medications for obesity, including orlistat, shows that any of them work better than a placebo for helping people lose at least 5% of their body weight over the course of a year. Phentermine-topiramate and liraglutide had the highest odds of making that happen.