At any given moment today, over 97 million people are on a ‘diet’. About 80% of these active dieters are trying to lose weight by themselves, and the total U.S. weight loss market is estimated to be $66.3 billion. In 2016, over 201,000 weight loss surgeries were performed in the U.S. to the tune of $25,000 for a typical surgery. How’s that for staggering numbers?
In our fast-paced, overweight, food addicted, little-to-no-exercise society … obesity and losing weight have hit epidemic proportions. However, there are simple and inexpensive things individuals can do each day to maintain healthy weights. Cook meals at home, reduce portion sizes, read nutrition labels, up your intake of fruits and vegetables, decrease carbs and trans fats, drink eight glasses of water a day, limit alcohol and sugar, get annual checkups, reduce stress, find some form of exercise that you like, get some sunshine, take a fitness class, and commit to lifestyle changes that you can see yourself doing ten years from now. You have to move more than you sit, and you have to burn off more calories than you consume.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your body, what would it be? Maybe a smaller waistline? Thinner butt and hips? Toned up arms, or more muscular legs? What did God give you that you don’t like oh so much? Everyone knows there is no such thing as a magic wand or magic diet pill, so find someone to buddy up with to help you work on your wellness goals. Try to slow down long enough to focus on your body and your family’s health in the New Year.
Enjoy the holiday season and Merry Christmas from all of us at Ida Alive!