Obesity in the United States is a problem. Over 40 percent of adult Americans are obese, according to Trust for America’s Health and “1 in 5 children and adolescents in the US have obesity”, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states. There are several causes for obesity like genetics and lifestyle choices and being grossly overweight can be linked to significant health issues such as high blood pressure (hypertension), high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and death). But the good news is with hard work and positive behavior changes weight can be lost. Eat This, Not That! Health talked to several health experts who revealed how to reverse obesity and help keep the excess pounds off.
- Adopt a Plant-Based Diet: Amy Davis, RD, LDN explains, “A plant-based diet has the power to cure obesity for many reasons. First off, fruits and vegetables are the main foods eaten, and they are very low in calories while being very high in nutrients such as fiber and antioxidants. Also, replacing processed foods with plant-based foods will often inadvertently decrease calorie consumption and mindless snacking.”
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!