Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. The average caloric intake has increased from 2,000 per day to over 3,500, and the average weight of an adult male has skyrocketed from 180lbs. to 250lbs. Fad diets are ineffective and our sedentary lifestyles combined with the proliferation of fast food and processed food has contributed to this epidemic. Many people turn to gastric surgery as a quick fix to the problem of morbid obesity, but for many this procedure is too expensive. Even those who manage to pay for surgery still have to spend years in therapy, and are often times bed ridden for a long period of time. While it may sound cliché, it remains as true today as it always has been – the best way to stay healthy is by eating right and exercising regularly.
For those who are ready to make the lifelong commitment to improve their health and their quality of life, begin by taking small steps. Many people who suffer from obesity try to find a quick solution, forgetting that it will take just as long to lose the accumulated fat as it took to gain it. By reducing caloric intake and focusing on light exercise, even the least healthy individual can begin their journey toward achieving physical health. Becoming familiar with a gym or exercise equipment facility, such as Fitness Blowout, may also help to increase interest and involvement with weight loss. The most important – and difficult – step to take is the first, after that it’s simply a matter of time, patience, and dedication.