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The "Hidden Cost" of Obesity


Get Back on Track

Here’s a scenario: You’re a month into the New Year and there’s a problem with your New Year’s resolution: You aren’t where you want to be with your weight loss. You set a goal, but at this point you’ve either stopped making progress or haven’t started at all. Anxiety might be setting in.

Don’t fret! Here are some things that you can do to regain control:

You’re still eating the same calories: Sometimes we can be under the misconception that, just because we exercised, we can consume our regular amount of calories (or even more) and still reach our desired effect. The problem is that diet is just as important to weight loss as exercising; if you are consuming a high amount of calories, the calorie deficit benefits from exercise won’t be enough to see any significant changes in weight. Cut the calories.

Not enough volume:
When adding muscle, the most important thing is to continuously add more reputations, weight, or both. The point is, as you build muscle, you must build resistance to continue to benefit. If you aren’t increasing your volume you’re leaving yourself susceptible to plateauing. Gradually add more weights and reps to your routine, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Slow and steady wins the race.

Where’s the cardio? Compared to other exercises, cardio is essential to weight loss because it allows you to burn more calories at an accelerated rate. Although JUST cardio won’t do the job, it should definitely be integrated into your regimen if you have your eyes set on losing weight. Take a walk, swim, or bike ride. Just get moving.

Get some help: If you don’t feel you are heading in the right direction, it may be a good time to call in the reserves. Whether it’s your personal physician, certified physical trainer, dietitian, or friend, there’s someone that can help you with the knowledge and support to get you back on track. You just have to look for it. Never be afraid to reach out.

Remember, falling off track or feeling like your goals are stalled is never a reason to give up completely. The sun rises each day to meet the challenges of a new morning. You can too.


Should You Be Told What to Drink?

"All the credible evidence highlights that, as a nation, we are consuming too much sugar in our diet.”

From what you continuously hear, if I asked you what nation this person is referring to your first guess would most likely be the United States. Correct? However this quote shows that obesity is a global problem just as much as it is a domestic one.

The person that said this was Amanda Avery, the vice-chair of Dietitians in Obesity Management for the British Dietetic Association (BDA), think of them as the UK’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Amanda was commenting about a statement made by the BDA suggesting new policies be implemented in an effort to stymie the over-consumption of sugary drinks throughout the United Kingdom.

Polices entailed amongst other things:

·         A range of public policies to reduce the frequency and amount of sugary drinks consumed by children and adolescents

·         Tax on sugary drinks

·         School based education programs

If this sounds familiar, it should. New York City issued a policy in 2013 on soft drinks. Even though the court of appeals denied the policy to proceed in 2014, the reasons for its implementation have a striking resemblance to our friends across the pond.  “A historic step to address a major health problem of our time," was the words of Former New York Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley.

Some may argue that there is overreaching in attempts to regulate what someone actually eats or drinks, but can it be argued that their heart is in the right place? Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United Kingdom, and over half the adults in New York City are overweight, as well as 40 percent of kids in public school. However, the “ask for forgiveness, not permission” approach may not be the best way to go about convincing people to eat healthier.

You have to wonder if efforts maybe better invested if we continue to create ways to teach people how to eat healthier and covering all bases of a healthy diet as oppose to just focusing on one part of it. What do you think?

Source: DNAinfo,  British Dietetic Association