Weight loss experts at one time told the general public that you became overweight by over-consuming and not being physically active. To this day, you will still read and hear this same statement. If this is true, why are the obesity rates continuing to soar with all of the knowledge out there of smaller portions and fitness opportunities?
While too much food does contribute to weight gain, the bigger problem lies within the type of food people consume. Processed food is the enemy, the biggest mistake of the American diet was the introduction of the low fat diet! This introduced sugar and all of it's alternatives.
It's not just sugar either, processed foods are so full of chemicals and additives to make everything look and taste appealing and fresh.
Instead of taking the time to prepare clean food like vegetables, fruit and meat, it's just easier to zap a frozen meal in the microwave...right? Wrong! This does not have the fiber content your body needs or the vitamin or minerals. That's why so many people start reaching for those magic pills! If you ate the foods you should, took a few extra minutes, you would get everything you needed in it's purest form.
This is turn would also give you the added energy to turn away from the television and computer and go out to enjoy some exercise. Our bodies were made for movement, not sitting. When we are sedentary, we gain weight and develop a variety of obesity-related medical conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
So, what should you do? Eat a clean diet that includes whole foods, shop the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh organic vegetables and fruits that provide good vitamins/minerals and fiber, eat quinoa, strive for outdoor exercise instead of TV time, look out for all forms of sugar on labels, drink plenty of water, increase your fiber intake to 35 grams per day, and get 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night
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