Body weight is not only a personal issue, but also a medical issue which over the past few years has continued to gain momentum. In an effort to control the spiraling rate of obesity, government agencies, prompted by the medical communities, are introducing new laws restricting the advertising of junk foods or other food products believed to encourage unhealthy eating habits.
Medical studies undertaken all over the world have firmly established that obesity is a fundamental cause of numerous health problems. Diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, to name just a few, have all been directly linked to obesity. Fortunately, the risk can be dramatically reduced simply by staying fit, following a healthy diet and of course, bringing your body weight down to within acceptable limits.
As we know, there are various options available to us in order to achieve weight loss. The first option, which we should all adhere to in the first place, is to establish a healthy well balanced diet. This should at the very least provide our bodies with all the necessary proteins, vitamins and minerals. Of course, in order for a diet plan to be most effective, one has to establish your personal body requirements such as calorie intake, etc. For many of us, seeking the advice of an expert would be recommended.
It is all too common for many people to rush head first into a diet having done no prior research. This attitude can prove to have serious consequences to your health or at the very least, leave you feeling as though you have failed when no achievement has been made. By simply denying yourself regular meals, also know as fasting, will not necessary produce the desired result. While fasting is a very effective diet tool, one is advised to gather adequate information before commencing.
Fasting should be started gradually, eating only fruit at first. While all fruits are healthy, containing a wide range of vitamins and minerals, none are fully or completely balanced. As a result, a 100% fruit diet will not be sufficient for providing all the required nutrients. Persons undertaking such a diet should consult a professional who in turn can give advice on which supplements should be taken to compliment the diet.
Those who wish to loose weight without fasting should become actively involved in a regular exercise or workout program. Such programs will not only encourage weight loss due to an increased metabolism, but they will also improve your general health and well being as your fitness increases.
No matter which method we choose, whether it be fasting or whether it be exercise, a regular intake of water is essential in maintaining a good healthy body. The recommended daily intake of water is eight average sized glasses.