Each year in America, 45 million people spend $33 billion trying to lose weight. If you were to consider this statistic in isolation, you might think that it sounds unbelievable. However, research conducted by the Boston Medical Centre found that such an overwhelming number of people are in search of a slimmer, healthier them. Remarkably, those numbers may sound quite modest when you consider that an estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. To be more specific, nearly 75% of men and 60% of women are so classified. This is dangerous because carrying a little too much weight can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a higher risk of a heart attack and cancer. It is also a problem because about 30% children are overweight, a marked increase on the 19% of 1980. If this is a self-perpetuating problem and each generation is going to suffer with it to a greater and greater degree, then the only recourse left is to try to become healthier.
The only problem is that no one enjoys dieting. It may be that your favourite food is quite indulgent and any sensible diet would not allow it. Living every day not eating something that you know will bring you happiness requires a great strength of will. That is before you mention any of the weight loss products that promise so much and yet deliver so little. And then there is the exercising. Going to the gym is always pretty miserable, especially if you feel self-conscious. However, it does not need to be a gruelling, miserable exercise in restraint and self-discipline. It can be fun and here are a few things that prove it:
Firstly, diets are simple. An excess of fat is caused by a person taking on more calories than they burn off. The way to lose that weight is to burn more calories than you take in. This may mean cutting down on particularly high-calorie items, but that does not mean that you cannot have them at all, it just means that you should have them once in awhile. When you do indulge yourself (and everybody should every now and then), it just means that you have to work out a little harder that day. Besides, there are lots of foods that are good for you and that taste good too. For instance, if you are looking for some recipes for a diet, why not try some fresh fruit? You can take it with you when you do some exercise and have something to look forward to when you’re done.
It is not just food that you can enjoy though. Working out, as a stereotype, can sometimes seem rather ridiculous. The image of someone lifting weights while they admire themselves in the mirror is rather embarrassing. That is why you do not need to go to the gym at all. Why not join a walking group in your area, or set up your own jogging group with your friends? You could also take up a sport like softball. It is a great way to have fun, lose weight and meet new people at the same time.