Weight and Balance

Our country as a whole is overweight. The American lifestyle has evolved into a sedentary pattern. Many people do not engage in any physical activity. Most Americans drive to work and sit at computers, then drive home and sit in front of televisions. Kids get driven to school, where they sit all day until they come home and sit at their computers, TVs or video games. Also, the supermarkets are filled with cheap, good-tasting, high fat and high calorie foods. Coffee shops wait are on every corner to give us a boost of artificial energy in the form of caffeine and sugar and fast food companies are located in our markets, shopping malls and airports for a quick ready to eat meal.

Overweight people run higher risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, infertility, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. An ideal weight lets you maintain and allow you to be active, enables you to have energy through the day and lets you sleep at night. An individual is unique and that lifestyle that works for that individual might not work for another.

There are plenty diet plans, programs, pills and shakes that only want your money. The only way to healthily lose weight is by controlling portion sizes, understanding what foods your body really needs and incorporating exercise into the daily routine.

To fuel your metabolism and motivate yourself to participate in daily activities you need to manage your daily food intake by balancing your calories in and your calories out. You also need to balance the food groups you consume at each meal, the time between meals and the rate when digestion occurs. Eating a small snack or meal every three to four hours can help manage blood sugars, energy levels and hunger through the day.

Most meals should be that more than half of the plate has vegetables and fruits and the rest should have lean protein and whole grain. A protein and fiber should be in every meal. These work together to slow the digestion and prevent blood sugar from increasing or falling. Learning to put combinations together at each meal and most snacks will help to keep blood sugars at a balanced level.

Source: Cormier, Nicole. The Everything Guide to Nutrition: All You Need to Keep You–and Your Family–healthy. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2011. Print.

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