Eating Healthy Salad

Healthy Weight Loss

Weight loss is the big industry of our times. Who doesn't want to lose some weight right now? The truth is, America should be concerned with losing weight, because nearly 75% of the American adult population is clinically overweight or obese. [1]

While this growing trend has given rise to a multi-billion dollar weight loss industry, the health problems that have resulted from the epidemic put incredible strain on individuals, families, cities, health care professionals, and every person paying taxes in the nation. [2] , [3]

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Obesity

Overweight and obesity are big challenges! And it's not like that's news. It's common sense that the more weight you carry around, the harder your heart, muscles, joints, lungs, etc. have to work. [4] Additionally, overweight and obese people have a significantly higher risk of certain kinds of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other unfortunate conditions. [5] Shedding unnecessary weight can therefore be essential for good health.

Now here's the problem: People want to lose weight fast without giving anything up that they used to put the weight on. Well, that's only human. It would be great to lose weight eating sundaes, pizza, hamburgers, and fries. Clearly, that isn't going to happen. What you need is a strategy that you can commit to that will produce results in a way that supports health and encourages your motivation to keep going.

In fact, any kind of weight loss that is too quick or too harsh is going to be hard on your body and may result in losing water or even lean muscle tissue instead of fat. [6] What's "healthy weight loss" look like? It starts with making meaningful changes in diet and exercise, and results in a steady loss of one to two pounds per week. [7] This may not seem very quick or appealing, but this kind of steady, healthy weight loss is better for you and more likely to last. [8]

Fruit Heart

Healthy Weight Loss

So, how do you lose weight in a healthy way that you can sustain? That is the question that countless companies with weight-loss strategies and products are trying to help you answer. In reality, we're all different, and people will respond differently to weight loss approaches. However, there are some practical, healthy weight loss strategies that can make losing those unwanted pounds a lot easier and healthier:

  • Drink more water and fewer (or no) sugary drinks.
  • Eat more whole foods (especially vegetables and fruits).
  • Eat whole-grains and whole-grain products.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. (But don't be fooled! Exercise is not a substitute for a healthy diet. That is, you can't exercise your way to a slim body or perfect health if your diet isn't on track [9] ).
  • Lay off the sugar and the sugar substitutes. Use honey if needed and stevia if possible.
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Wait for Weight Loss

Finally, take your time and be patient. Losing weight is notoriously harder to do than putting it on. In part, this is because so many of the foods we eat regularly are unhealthy and addictive, and it can be really hard to stop eating them! So, make an agreement with yourself that you'll do it the right way even though it may take some time. Love yourself every step of the way through it. You're worth it!

Grains

Clean Colon, Lighter You

Another thing you should consider when trying to lose weight in a healthy manner is the impact that a fiber-based colon cleanse can have. There are many health benefits to maintaining a clean colon. Where weight loss is concerned, a clean and healthy colon can:

  • Help make sure that waste moves through you efficiently so you don't carry it around your midsection any longer than necessary. [10]
  • Keep you full longer so that you reduce unhealthy snacking, [11] and help reduce cravings for foods that lead to weight gain. [12]

How do you keep the colon clean? An important first step is to get more fiber. The reality is that most people don't get enough dietary fiber in their daily diets, because our standard diet is high in processed foods and low in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. [13] This is one reason why using a premium fiber supplement like the one made by DrNatura is a good idea and a sensible weight loss strategy. One scoop of DrNatura's Colonix Intestinal Cleanser gives you 8 grams of premium dietary fiber, providing as much as nearly 1/3 of your daily recommended intake, depending on your gender and age. [14]

References:

  1. Obesity and Overweight. (2021). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm
  2. Yang, Z., & Hall, A. G. (2008). The financial burden of overweight and obesity among elderly Americans: the dynamics of weight, longevity, and health care cost. Health Services Research, 43(3), 849-868.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2007.00801.x
  3. Paying the Price for Those Extra Pounds. (n.d.). Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/
  4. Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences. (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html
  5. Ibid.
  6. Hensrud, D. (2020). Why do Doctors Recommend a Slow Rate of Weight Loss? What's Wrong with Fast Weight Loss? Mayo Clinic.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/fast-weight-loss/faq-20058289
  7. Losing Weight. (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html
  8. Tello, M. (2018). Which Diet is Best for Long-Term Weight Loss? Harvard Medical School. Harvard Health Publishing.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/weight-loss-for-life-the-dietfits-study-2018040913595
  9. Greger, M. (2014). How Much Exercise to Sustain Weight Loss? NutritionFacts.org.
    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-exercise-to-sustain-weight-loss/
  10. Greger, M. (n.d.). Fiber. NutritionFacts.org.
    https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/fiber/
  11. Ferrari, N. (2015). Making one change - getting more fiber - can help with weight loss. Harvard Health Blog.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/making-one-change-getting-fiber-can-help-weight-loss-201502177721
  12. Anderson, S. C. (2019). The Shocking Source of Your Cravings. Psychology Today.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mood-microbe/201905/the-shocking-source-your-cravings
  13. Quagliani, D., & Felt-Gunderson, P. (2016). Closing America's Fiber Intake Gap: Communication Strategies From a Food and Fiber Summit. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 11(1), 80-85.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827615588079