The mental differences of being fat and being obese

Those who are overweight often try to appease themselves by getting into the mindset that as they are not obese, they aren’t fat. It’s well known that being obese greatly increases the sufferers risk of developing several conditions, but being overweight also has its own set of problems.

An increase in your body weight has been linked to risk increasing of suffering a stroke, or developing several cancers. For every 2lb that your body weight increases by, the risk of developing arthritis increases by around 9-13%.

The plus side is that any weight loss, even those considered to be small or modest, could also drastically reduce the increased risks. Losing weight also helps to improve your cardiovascular health as well as reducing the risks of cancer. The more weight you lose the more those increased risks are eliminated. Until the person reaches their ideal weight and are no more at risk than anyone else.

The attraction of instant results often leads people to take up fad diets and crash diets. Although you may experience temporary weight loss, these diets will also negatively affect your health. These diets generally advocate extreme dieting and can lead to undernourishment. This will place a great strain on your body and lead to diminished immune capabilities.

A faulty immune system will leave you susceptible to diseases and infections. In addition to this, since these diets are so extreme, it is impossible (and unhealthy) to stay on them for an extended period. Once you fall off the wagon and start bingeing, you will put on all the weight you’ve lost and probably even more.

The only safe way to lose weight permanently is to be consistent in your daily routine. You will need to follow a healthy diet and an exercise routine. This may not produce immediate results in terms of weight loss but it definitely will in terms of energy levels. People who are overweight often feel sluggish and lethargic. Fatigue and low energy levels too are extremely common. A healthy diet will help to provide your body with ample nourishment while regular exercise eliminates sluggishness and fatigue.

Ideally a healthy diet would be rich in a variety of raw fruits and vegetables. When you start your new diet, do not try to cut down on the number of meals you eat or your serving size. Start to substitute the unhealthy foods you eat with healthier options. For example, you can have a fruit bowl as a snack, instead of chips or fries. Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre and help to reduce hunger pangs. Include one serving of skinned chicken daily or other protein rich foods like soya.

Do not exclude all fats from your diet. Some fatty acids like the omega acids are essential for overall health. Include fish like salmon in your diet to ensure that you get these fats. Alternatively, you can have a handful of assorted nuts daily as they are high in these fats as well as several vitamins.