OBESITY is a common problem in the UK. Alongside the physical changes it causes it can also lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threading conditions – including some types of cancer. Here are some tips to begin your weight loss journey.
Obesity is a medical condition where the person is too heavy for their height and their health is affected.
It’s a common problem in the UK – it’s estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11 in the UK.
Being obese can be detrimental to a person’s health, so it’s important to take steps to tackle it.
Serious and potentially life-threatening conditions obesity has been linked with include:
But as part of National Obesity Awareness Week, Express.co.uk has put together some tips to kick start your weight loss journey and lead you on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
The NHS says the best way to treat obesity is to eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and exercise regularly.
Experts from the US News and World Report panel revealed that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet plan is the healthiest way to lose weight this year.
The DASH diet consists of:
- Eating more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods
- Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fats
- Eat more whole-grain foods, fish, poultry and nuts
- Limit sodium, sweets, sugary drinks and red meats
A weight loss trick
Black pepper could help in the fight against obesity, as suggested by new research.
Piperonal, a compound in pepper, was found to “significantly” reduce the harmful effects of a high-fat diet when it was fed to rats.
Researchers from Sri Venkateswara found rats given it as a supplement for six weeks had a lower body weight, body fat percentage and blood sugar levels as well as stronger bones compared to animals fed fatty foods only and no pepper.