The main reason diet and body weight are important is because of the role diet and weight play in your overall health and inflammation. As the old saying goes “we become what we eat”!
As diet and body weight play a vital role in our body, it is not only important in adults but also in the growth and development of children. A healthy diet can reduce many health problems including but not limited to the following:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Overweight or obesity
- Fatty liver
- Better fertility
- Joint porblems
- Dyslipidemia (poor cholesterol or lipid profiles)
- Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
- Oral disease
- Diverticular disease
- Some cancers
Even Small Weight Loss Can Have Big Benefits
The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight can lead significant improvement in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars. However, for most people, losing weight is a significant challenge with so many confusing diets!
With so much information, misinformation, and half truths, and with over 20,000 books written on this topic, diet and nutrition are poorly understood by Americans in general, partly because of the wrong information that was spread through the failed and now withdrawn food pyramid, according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America.
Therefore, understanding this topic of diet, nutrition, weight gain, and proven measures to lose weight, instead of fad diets, is all the more important.
What are the factors that influence our food intake and weight gain? Is it more than volitional overeating as most overweight or obese people are not on a mission to intentionally overeat!
What really drives our hunger?
As a society, we failed to understand the complex issues that drive the hunger, and instead, we focused too much on the individual responsibility issue which plays only a minor role in weight gain! The real driver of weight gain for most people is their insulin resistance, according to Dr. Tumpati.
Can insulin resistance lead to weight gain, especially in the tummy and upper body?
Affecting up to 71 percent of the entire population, out of which 35 percent of them already have prediabetes or metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance not only makes one crave certain foods such as starchy and sugary foods, but also causes weight gain, especially in the tummy and upper part of the body!
Dr. Tumpati states that, if there is one thing the medical community completely missed the bus, it is their failure to recognize, and treat insulin resistance in the earlier stages. If nothing is done, it leads to worsening of weight, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes!
What really works for weight loss success?
While the government is busy promoting the same failed message of “eat less, exercise more”(if it is as simple as that, why is 70 percent of the population dealing with weight issues), eat low fatty foods(which is what causes insulin resistance indirectly as you tend to eat more carbohydrates in low fatty foods), let us understand the real causes of weight gain.
Watch the w8md medical weight loss centers 52 weeks of weight loss and wellness videos on you tube to get an understanding what really causes our weight gain and the clinically proven measures to lose weight!
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