In the last several days, there has been a lot of talk in the media and perhaps in your home about the need to lose weight. Weight loss is probably the number one New Year’s resolution made in this country. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of people follow through with their plans for weight loss over any extended period of time. Now, there is another critical reason to lose weight.
Two articles appearing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Annals of Internal Medicine indicate that obesity can cut one’s life span by up to twenty years.
Think about that. If the average person lives to seventy five, over twenty five percent of their life span could be erased because of obesity. Those studies indicated that obesity is particularly dangerous for younger adults.
The JAMA study noted that severely obese white men between the ages of twenty and thirty lived about thirteen years less than they would have based on expected national norms. Obese black men between the ages of twenty to thirty were estimated to lose an incredible twenty years off of their lives.
Are you overweight?
Do you know your current BMI? Your body mass index (BMI) is the most widely utilized tool used to determine your measure of body fat. Your BMI is based on a numbered system that is determined by your height and weight.
The studies noted above looked at the BMI. If you would like to calculate your BMI, just fill in the following information.
If your BMI is between 18 to 24.9, you are considered to have ideal body weight. Overweight is a BMI of 25 to 29.9. If your BMI is 30 or greater, you are considered obese.
Unfortunately, if you were in the 25 to 30 range or higher, you are not alone. There are estimates that as many as 70% of the adult population in this country are overweight or obese.
Forget about the cosmetic aspects of your weight problem. Two of these national studies have now in quantitative terms indicated just how dangerous obesity is. It is well known that individuals who are overweight have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. Now the consequences are even more clearly defined.
Don’t lose hope
If your BMI is 25 or higher, do not despair. There is an excellent assortment of various healthy and nutritious food products and supplements that will help you to naturally lose weight.
The Atkins low carb/high protein program has been clearly documented by several studies to be both safe and effective. What’s more now with the new high protein/low carb food items including bread mixes, muffin mixes, brownie, pancake and waffle, food bars, this diet plan has become much easier.
Nutrients such as Super CitriMax (standardized for 60% hydroxycitric acid), Chromemate (chromium Polynicotinate), fiber (oat bran and apple pectin are the best), glucomannan (fruit pectin fiber), 5-HTP (direct precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin), Bitter Orange (Advantra Z is the best standardized brand) and others are safe and effective as part of a weight management program. Nutraceutical Sciences Institute (NSI) has two products in their NutriSlim line that contain patented combinations of these nutrients at excellent levels.
Make sure to set realistic goals. Do not try to lose more than 1 or 2 lbs per week. Remember, 1 lb per week times 52 weeks equals 52 lbs in a year!
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