Facts about Obesity
More than one-third of American adults are obese. Why is this such an issue? Illnesses linked to obesity are some of the most common causes of death across the world. Not only is it often one of the causes of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, Diabetes, and heart disease, but it also complicates these conditions even more.
How Obesity Can Affect the Heart
As obesity can often lead to high blood pressure, it's important to understand that high blood pressure can ultimately also lead to a stroke or full blown heart disease. Heart disease can affect your heart's ability to pump blood, which can lead to heart attacks and sudden death. Additionally, carrying an excess amount of weight can cause a strain on your heart to have to work much harder than it should have to.
How To Lower Your Risk for Obesity-Related Illnesses
To avoid obesity related illnesses, you should aim to get your BMI in a healthy range (18.5-24.9). HOWEVER - this doesn't mean jumping on the newest diet trend or starving yourself. A common mistake that people make to lose weight is to under eat and over exercise - and often times, people use processed, unhealthy foods in their journey to lose weight. While this may result in short-term weight loss, it ultimately puts you at risk for many other complications, which is very counter productive if you're looking to lose weight for health reasons.
So, What is the Answer?
We encourage you to embrace a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. In order to do this, you must first be educated on what foods your body will thrive off of. Unfortunately, there is so much conflicting information out there of what's good for you vs. what's not good for you. We've created a short video for you of 4 common weight loss myths in order to make it a bit easier to understand.
5 Heart Healthy Foods to Enjoy
Now that you have a basic understanding of obesity risks, and why simply losing weight by whatever means necessary is not always the answer, we're listing 5 delicious heart healthy foods for you. We challenge you to incorporate more of these foods into your diet!
1.) Avocados: excellent source of monounsaturated fats, and help lower LDL levels
2.) Salmon: rich in omega-3 fatty acids and aids in reducing blood pressure
3.) Walnuts: high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol and inflammation
4.) Blueberries: also high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol
5.) Cauliflower: has anti-inflammatory properties that lower the risk of heart disease and cancer
So often, we hear stories from our patients that tell us they have tried everything to lose weight to no avail. Or, they have lost weight in the past but have gained it all back plus more. What causes this vicious cycle, often called "yo-yo dieting"?
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