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The Importance of Diet in the Fight against Obesity

May 28, 2014

Obesity, the presence of excess amounts of fat in the body, is a medical condition that can lead to adverse health effects, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac problems. More than simply a cosmetic concern, obesity can contribute to the considerable shortening of an individual’s life. More and more physicians are taking the initiative to engage in respectful dialogue with patients about strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.

Obesity can stem from or be exacerbated by any number of factors, including lack of adequate physical activity; a largely fast-food, high-calorie diet; pregnancy; certain medications; and even lack of proper rest and sleep.

While prescription medications and even surgery can be effective in addressing the problem of obesity, dietary changes and regular exercise often produce the most long-lasting positive effects. Most physicians and nutritionists believe that the best way to achieve permanent, healthy weight loss is to take the simple step of reducing the amount of calories consumed and increasing physical activity to an appropriate level.

Even moderate changes that result in small amounts of weight loss can show health-boosting results. For example, an individual who is overweight at 200 pounds and loses only 10 to 20 pounds can achieve noticeable benefits. People who obtain the longest-lasting results lose weight slowly and steadily, by about one or two pounds per week.

In addition to a low-calorie diet, a nutrition plan that focuses on eating significant quantities of fruits and vegetables is best. These foods tend to result in a full feeling throughout the day, thereby reducing the likelihood of people experiencing hunger pangs and the urge to indulge in unhealthy snacks.

An individual concerned about obesity should consult his or her physician or nutritional team, who can recommend an individual program of nutrition and exercise and discuss any risk factors involved.