Throughout the 7 years that I have been working in the health and
wellness field, 8 out of every 10 people I see have expressed a desire
to decrease their body fat. It's a great goal, since obesity is
increasing at an epidemic rate in this country.
Currently, 61 percent of Americans are overweight, and one-third of
them are obese. It is expected that, in the next 10 years, deaths
related to obesity will surpass those related to tobacco as the
number-one killer of Americans. Thus, it is vitally important that
Americans get active and decrease their body-flit levels.
To lose body fat, it is essential that you follow a healthy diet
and a regular exercise program. Remember, weight loss primarily comes
from eating healthy, low-flit foods and minimizing the intake of
refined, processed carbohydrates. Exercise does not give you free rein
to eat whatever you like--unless you work out 6 hours a day! Exercise is
much more beneficial in maintaining weight loss and in providing immense
health benefits than it is in producing weight loss.
A key point to remember is that it actually is better to be obese
and physically fit than to be lean and sedentary. Individuals who are
lean but not physically active are at twice the risk for cardiovascular
death than their counterparts who are obese but physically active.
Your Diet Makes a Difference
Okay, so you understand and are following a low-fat, high-fruit,
and high-vegetable diet.
Sure, I know, you are sitting there saying, "Dave, what about
the high-protein diets?"
Hey, I didn't say there was anything necessarily wrong about
consuming a slightly higher protein intake, but a low-carbohydrate diet Low-carbohydrate diets or low-carb diets are nutritional programs that advocate restricted carbohydrate consumption, based on research that ties consumption of certain carbohydrates with increased blood insulin levels, and overexposure to insulin with metabolic syndrome (the