Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is what happens when you consume more energy than your body burns off, which leaves the excess energy stored in your body as fat. The growing rate of obesity has led to an obesity epidemic that has increased healthcare costs. You can counter obesity by eating healthier. In general our bodies store fat when we consume more calories than we burn. Everyone who has ever worked out will tell you about a different diet and nutrition plan that they tried or how they got results from a single supplement or new age idea. But truth be told, while there are many different types of diets, they will each give you slightly different results.

For instance, if you are trying to build muscle you might go through dietary “cycles” wherein you bulk up by eating lots of carbs and almost anything in sight. This puts on extra weight. Then you cut back and only eat things such as salad and fish and chicken while doing heavily weight lifting to trim down the fat and gain muscle tone. In other instances you might really focus on that belly fat. As you know by now, no matter how hard you try to get a strong and muscular core the majority of what influences the ability to see those muscles is diet. In these instances you need a low fat diet that consists of the same aforementioned “cutting back” cycle. No matter what dietary option you choose it is just important to remember that some diets work better than others for each person.

There are many different types of diets out there. The paleo diet, for example, consists of eating things which a caveman would have eaten. Basically sustaining yourself on foods your ancestors would have eaten. This consists largely of fish, meat fed with grass, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and fruit. It often excludes refined sugar, refined salt, processed oils, grains, dairy products, potatoes, and legumes.

There are also diet plans available based on your blood type. This diet rejects the notion that there is a “one size fits all” of diet plans and instead you should base what you eat on your blood type. This is because your blood type affects your digestive system. So, some foods that your friend might enjoy may be bad for you and vice versa. This diet plan states that people with blood type O should focus on a diet of lean meat, fish, and poultry. You are advised to restrict the breads, grains, and legumes you consume. For those with A blood type they should focus on a vegetarian diet which contains mostly organic vegetables, grains, and soy products. Anyone with blood type B can enjoy low-fat dairy, produce, and meat but should not consume corn, lentils, or wheat. If you have a combination blood type AB you are sensitive and should avoid pork, beef, and chicken and stick to dairy, seafood, and tofu.


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