According to the experts your ideal BMI should be between 20 and 25. You are overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 30. You are obese if your BMI is between 30 and 40 and you are severely obese if your BMI is over 40.
According to US statistics, 50 million Americans are overweight and 12 million are severely obese. In the last 3 decades of the twentieth century, the total overweight Americans increased from 31% to 35% while obese Americans increased from 13% to 26%. It is estimated that 50% of African Americans women are obese.
Indirect cost such as loss to Industry tots up to over $ 56 billion and direct cost is $ 6.1 billion. If you add Health Care cost to this list, then the annual total cost is staggering.
There are three main factors to consider when looking at the cause of obesity. These are genetic factors, sedentary lifestyle and cheap and readily available palatable foods.
There is an 80% chance that a child from an obese couple will become obese. A baby with high birth weight is more likely to be an obese adult.
For a better quality of life, it is essential that you go on a weight loss diet. Remaining obese puts a person at great health risks. An obese person is ten times more likely to develop sudden death. Obesity is related to an increased mortality rate. It increases the risk of developing cardio-vasculoar disease, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Losing weight is not as easy as it sound. “Go on a diet and exercise.”, is good advise but the success rate from such an approach in not very high without the right attitude.
You must decide your weight loss target, then work on a specific scheme including both short term and long term plan. Once you have reached your target weight, you must know what to do to maintain your target weight.
You must do your research and plan a weight loss diet that is balanced, tasty and not lacking any of the essential elements of a healthy diet. It is not vital that you count the calorific value of the food you eat. Just eat less.
A weight loss plan in incomplete without a specific exercise plan. The exercise should be aerobic and done on a regular basis. In addition, family involvement and encouragement is very helpful. Joining a weight loss group is also beneficial. Your weight loss plan will not work, however, if you do not have the right mindset. If you are trying to lose weight for the wrong reasons, you will soon give up. So it is vital that you set out your goals. Repeat it often and rise high above all hurdles that come in your way to achieve your weight loss goal.
With the wrong attitude, statistics show that people that use diet and exercise to lose weight but have no long term plan, quickly regain the weight they lost.
Most people who are overweight have tried diets in the past and have either failed or lost weight and regained this weight and having the right mindset to lose weight yet again may be very difficult. Hypnotherapy is an excellent treatment that can change an obese person’s attitude, expectations and belief. Unfortunately hypnotherapy is expensive and take a long time.
As a hypnotherapist, I have successfully changed the mindset of many obese individuals. These individuals were able to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyles and live a life with the weight they are comfortable with. So whether you are dieting for the first time and not, make sure you have the right mindset.