Do you struggle with your weight? You are not alone in your ongoing battle of the bulge. A new study reported by the American Stroke Association states that rising obesity rates have been linked to more strokes among women aged 35 to 54. The researchers concluded "Abdominal obesity is a known predictor of stroke in women." But if you’re overweight, how is the best way to lose weight and protect yourself from such health threats?
Whether you struggle with your weight, or you’ve always been a little on the heavier side, or maybe you just can’t seem to lose those post-pregnancy pounds, read on. Or, maybe (now be honest) you’ve been on the Krispy Kreme diet for the past few years and have gained a couple (or ten) pounds - per year - as a result.
Whatever your specific case may be, the time is now to take action.
Obesity has become an increasingly troublesome problem over the past decade, having roots in various adverse health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The new study, reported at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2008, also states that "Abdominal obesity may be a key factor in the midlife stroke surge in women." According to Amytis Towfighi, M.D., an assistant professor in the Neurology Department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, "This study highlights the need to intensify efforts in curbing the obesity epidemic in the United States."
Dieting, weight loss, and maintaining a proper weight is a struggle for most people. But, finding a natural way to deal with does not have to be such a struggle. Unfortunately, however, with today's fast-paced society, bad eating and even worse exercise habits, many people rely on gimmicky medicines and ads that promise staggering weight loss results without any effort.
But here’s the skinny . . .
Taking a natural approach to weight loss or maintaining weight management is far healthier and works longer than any other method.
Did you know that today's generation has gotten heavier than any other in the history of our country? Yikes! How did that happen? Well, it’s due, for the most part, to our bad eating and lifestyle habits. You know the routine – if you’re like much of the population, you may spend your days sitting in front of a computer, claiming you don't have the time to exercise, much less the time to stand in front of the stove fixing well-balanced and nutritious meals.
And while natural spices, herbs, and other alternative treatments are often found to produce better results as well as health benefits, most of us are too impatient to wait for results.
Herbs and Spices – the Wonder Twins
Many natural herbs and spices have long been known for their ability to help reduce appetite as well is to increase the metabolism, which in turn burns more fat. For example, ginger can be used not only for appetite control, but to help digestion. On the other hand, pepper is known to stimulate the appetite. Knowing the basics about herbs and spices may help many dieters achieve the goals that they have longed for.
The way our bodies metabolize blood sugars, and burn fuels has a lot to do with how much fat as opposed to muscle our body stores. Low blood sugar levels in the body trigger hunger. However, a variety of minerals found in many foods may also have a direct effect on how our body feels as well as our urges and desires for certain foods. When such balances are maintained, people rarely feel the need to graze on sugars and store up on excess fatty foods.
Many nutrients found in foods such as meats, vegetables, and fruits act as natural weight control ingredients, and may also help the body rid itself of excess stores of fat. For example, chromium is a mineral that helps to lower not only cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but also body weight. This mineral also helps to increase the amount of lean muscle mass you have. Another mineral, magnesium, is essential for the formation of proteins, which are an efficient fuel for muscles. Potassium is vital as it helps to maintain the balance of water in your body as well as supporting nerve and muscle cells and kidney function.
As always, exercise, adequate amounts of sleep, and drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day are some of the most beneficial and simple natural weight loss or weight control methods that you can use.
So consider this before you head out and spend hundreds of dollars on magic pills and potions that don't work. Approaching weight control and weight management through natural forms is much more beneficial not only for your overall health, but to obtain the better body results you are looking for. Follow the above advice and you’ll find the weight of the world will fall off your shoulders . . . and your belly, hips, thighs, well – you get the picture.