Obesity kills. It’s that simple. Obese people are 25%-50% more like likely to suffer from chronic disease. Obese people are 50% more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation – a heart condition that is a common cause of strokes. Obesity is also related to diabetes and sleep disorders.
How can you tell if you’re obese?
The best way to tell if you are obese is to check your body mass index (BMI). BMI measures the ratio of your body fat compared to your height and weight. The result tells you if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal.
If Your BMI Is
|less than 18.5
The Center for Disease control has a good BMI calculator here: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm Take a moment now to check your BMI.
What happens if you are overweight or obese?
You have two choices; to lose significant weight or to gain significant weight. You won’t stay where you are. Gaining weight only increases your risk.
What should you do to lose weight?
An August 2005 study of the major commercial weight loss programs found that only one was even modestly effective helping people lose weight. The only truly effective way to lose weight is to change your behavior.
That’s why we call our solution the Mediterranean Diet and life-style. The Mediterranean Diet allows you to lose weight while eating well. Mediterranean life-style includes making regular aerobic exercise part of your daily routine. The combination of the two provides the only diet & life-style that have proven effective over generations.
When should you start losing weight?
Right now. Don’t wait. If you are overweight, obese or over 50 years old, see your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Need some motivation to stick with a healthy lifestyle? Consider this. Metlife, the insurance company, has research that shows if you reach age 65, your life expectancy is 85. That means the odds of living beyond 85 are 50%. The research also shows that one in four members of a 65-year-old couple will live to an astounding 97 years old.
Now consider that without a healthy lifestyle 20%-40% of people over 85 can look forward to living their last 10 years in dependency. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease take a heavy toll on our older population. What can you do to avoid being one of the ones to suffer?
The answer is the Mediterranean Diet and life-style. Building your diet around eating fruits & vegetables, breads, cereals, beans and nuts and integrating regular aerobic exercise into your daily routine can greatly reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, a 1993 study Harvard University study suggests that the Mediterranean Diet and life-style can reduce your chances of suffering from all chronic diseases.
A big part of the Mediterranean Diet’s success may attributable to the reduction of saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated fat like that found in olive oil. Eating fish a few times per week increases your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help reduce your risk of chronic disease.
Exercise is as important as diet. Try to make exercise part of your routine rather than something you do only when you have time. Every bit helps. Park your car further from the store and use the stairs. Rake your leaves rather than use a leaf blower. Of course you need to consult your doctor before you start any exercise program.
The Mediterranean Diet and life-style can help you live longer and to get more out of the years you’re given. What are you waiting for? Start today.