Obesity causes over 300,000 deaths in the United States each year. This staggering number has resulted in a flurry of activity to tackle obesity even in schools. The problem is so acute especially in the United States that some schools have began offering vegetarian diets and the students in those schools are not complaining whatsoever. Many gyms and fitness houses are also seeing an increase in enrollments as people become more informed as to the inherent dangers of obesity. Obesity is defined as a condition where excess body fat accumulates in the body to the extent that it affects one’s overall body health. Body fat is also measured by checking what is called the BMI or body mass index which is one’s weight divided by the height squared. A BMI of 25-30kg/m is considered overweight at that point the person is advices to take some measures to bring it down. So what measures can be taken to induce weight loss?
One is exercise. As we mentioned, body mass or excess fat is arrived at when fat is accumulated in the body. Fat in itself is not bad because it cushions the body and contributes to healthy body heat. But excess fat builds up when more fat builds up than the body can burn or is metabolizing. It therefore goes without saying that to accelerate the burning of excess fat, one has to increase their level of activity in order to burn more fat.
Another way to tackle weight loss is to watch one’s diet. That is where a diet program comes in. But before one embarks on a diet plan, it is considered prudent to shop smart whenever one goes for shopping. Reading the labels determine the calorie level in the can or container is considered wise. More and more people are doing this.