To Die Is Obesity and To Live Is Exercise

This is not about fat. This is really about eating right and staying healthy. It is about the solution to obesity: superfoods and exercise.  Obesity IS beatable. But be prepared. It may take 3 to 5 years. But it is time well spent; a strategy best recommended and has the best outcome.

Surgery?  Shortcuts? TOO MANY RISKS!

As an ER and ICU nurse, I have seen too many times the disaster of bariatric surgery, of all types: constant nausea, vomiting, chronic lack of energy, dehydration, anemia, infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, life-time diet restrictions, chronic digestive issues and life-long poor health. The failure rate is high and disappointment and depression follows.

So, WHY NOT invest 3 to 5 years to gradually and healthily lose weight?! Feel alive! Enjoy life!

Bariatric surgery is a “cheat” to avoid exercise and make hard decisions about diet and lifestyle – a cheat that doesn’t work.

Has Obesity Knocked You Down?

Obesity is usually caused, in essence, by eating more calories than are burned. However, other factors, including underlying medical conditions, certain medications and heredity can also contribute to the condition. Obesity can be a major factor in a person having a stroke, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and reduced mobility. Obesity can also present problems during pregnancy, by putting expectant mothers at increased risk for hypertension, diabetes and obese newborns.

Obesity is beatable. But it takes work, commitment and discipline. The best way to avoid or address obesity is by eating smaller portions, making nutritious food choices and gradually, exercising more.

If you have been struggling to lose more than 100 pounds of body weight and don’t want to undergo a surgical approach, then develop a diet plan based entirely of extraordinarily healthy foods – superfoods. You already know the value of eating a well-balanced diet, but are you choosing the right fruits and vegetables on a weekly and daily basis?

Super Foods to the Rescue!

Superfoods are some of nature’s best gifts; oats, broccoli, and soy are only a few highly-nutritious choices that may help you live longer, fight disease, and keep you in great shape.

Superfoods are the extra nutritious foods containing an abundance of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. They may have special properties that support good health, anti aging benefits, and may even help with weight management. Eating superfoods, in their natural state (raw), is the best way the body can convert the food into energy. A higher absorption rate means you benefit from the macronutrients. Eat them on a daily basis.

Develop a diet plan based entirely of superfoods.

  • Beans – high in fiber and low in calories.
  • Blueberries – a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Broccoli – this green vegetable contains high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, and calcium.
  • Oats – rich in fiber and chock full of potassium and zinc, oatmeal is a dieter’s best friend.
  • Oranges – citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C, but oranges are also a valuable source of pectin.
  • Pumpkin – rich in Vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, pumpkin is also a valuable source of fiber.
  • Wild Salmon – with its high level of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Soy – the high protein content and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Tomatoes – lycopene, Tomatoes are rich in B vitamins, chromium, and even lutein that supports good eye health.
  • Turkey – another valuable source of protein, turkey is also rich in iron, zinc, and B vitamins.
  • Walnuts – vitamin E, fiber, protein, and B vitamins. (but don’t avoid all the other tree nuts!)
  • Yogurt – also a valuable source of protein, calcium, and B-vitamins that give you an energy boost.

I recommend (and credit) the book by Dr. Steven Pratt, SuperFoods Rx – Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, for some content used here and as a resource for additional information.

Baby Steps to Health

Your sedentary lifestyle is your path of “baby steps to an early grave,” but you can choose to change that path with Exercise.  Here are just five ways to easily get rid of the belly fat accumulated from a sedentary lifestyle:

  1. Walk every day. Walking is a fat burning activity in itself, 30 minutes of exercise per day to stay healthy.
  2. Cut back on the sugar. You’ll be doing your belly a favor; sugar is processed in the body very quickly and will be converted into body fat immediately if you don’t burn it off.
  3. Add a few weights to your workout. Resistance training is one of the simplest ways to increase your calorie output, and can help you burn off that fats – with ease.
  4. Sit up straight! It’s not only good for your posture, but may also give you a daily workout.
  5. Reduce stress in your life. Sleeping 7-8 hours each night, taking breaks, and meditating regularly can help balance out any unhealthy stress levels.

Getting rid of fat will take time and losing weight overall will require a long-term commitment to healthy eating and regular exercise.

resources: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=superfoods
PRO: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/superfoods-everyone-needs
http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/10-everyday-super-foods
http://www.superfoodsrx.com/superfoods
con: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood
other links: http://www.locateadoc.com/articles/superfoods-are-they-just-a-myth-1463.html

As always, the opinions (and these are only informed opinions) are my own. I am licensed, Registered Nurse who works at a well-respected hospital. I see a lot of patients with both good outcomes and poor outcomes to their medical problems and their treatments. I am sure that not every doctor will agree with my opinions. But I am also sure many do. I know they do. They say so. Do your own research. And be smart. Do seek professional medical advice for any serious problem or before starting any diet or exercise regime.

And Sorry for the Long Post! I had lots to say! — Any comments or thoughts? Has your diet worked? What diet worked for you? What diets *didn’t* work? And do you *feel* healthier?!

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