Learning About The Importance of Weight Loss

Learning About The Importance of Weight Loss

weightlossType 2 diabetes has long been linked to obesity and being overweight. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health showed that the single best predictor of type 2 diabetes is being obese or overweight. Another report verified that the best way to keep diabetes under control is to lose weight. The report cited the fact that a reduction of 5 to 10% (7 to 12 lbs.) in body weight may correspond with an equal percentage drop of blood glucose, cardiac complications and up to 20% in diabetes-related death. Statistically, diabetic patients lack “Will” and “Means” to lose weight. Two reliable ways to reduce weight reported by experts are: to reduce total calorie intake and have the will and energy to exercise. Therefore, meal substitute with low-calorie and energy-boosting features is one the most effective ways to reduce weight by making the total daily intake of calories under 1,800 calories and provide vitality to exercise.

Strategies to lose 7-12 pounds in 90 days:

• Quit smoking
• Take 8 glasses of water per day
• Read motivational books
• Replace one meal of the day with a meal replacement product
• Exercise 3 times a week, each 30-60 minutes (if unable to exercise, walk briskly will do)

Requirements for the meal replacement products:

• Fat calorie content less than 1/3 of the total calories
• Must have high fiber content (10 gm or more)
• Must provide quality protein (minimum 10 grams)
Ways to curb hunger when on meal replacement
• Have some carrots or celery.
• Take a glass of skim milk.
• Have a lentil soup.
• If none of the above curbs hunger, have a smart snack with low sugar or no sugar added.

How to increase willpower to lose weight:

• Internalize the reason(s) for weight loss (i.e. to live a longer and healthier life and less dependent on medication).
• Set a goal and write it down and stick it everywhere to remind you.
• Join a weight loss help group.
• Read motivational books.
• Take a quiet time to meditate.
• Take a photo after a month and compare the difference.

Remember, weight loss is not an easy task. However, if you have the will, you will achieve your goal. Weight loss will reduce the risk of the following conditions and reduce your overall medical expenses. Thus, it must be done. It is totally up to you. Why wait…

• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Type 2 diabetes
• Coronary heart disease
• Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Joint problems
• Cancer
• Sleep apnea

Brought to You By:
Charles H. Liu
DDP Medical Writer on Staff

Charles H. Liu, R. Ph, MBA

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