Unless you've lived in a hole for the past 20 years, you've seen and read reports on one of the United States' fastest-growing epidemics: Obesity. Increasingly sedentary lifestyles, foods filled with high fat and sugar content and a heavier reliance on cars have all contributed to this gargantuan issue.
Beyond any social stigmas that surround being overweight, individuals who are obese face the risk of disease, especially when the excessive weight is gathered around the waist. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), some of these diseases include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke and respiratory disorders. I feel guilty just reading that list!
However, if you do have a problem with your weight, you're far from being alone. With more than 60 percent of American adults overweight and 35 percent of that population considered obese, obesity has become an epidemic. UMMC said that at the current rate, more than half of American adults run the risk of becoming obese by 2030.
To determine if you're overweight or obese, you'll calculate your body mass index (BMI) by comparing your height with your weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Those with a BMI of 30 and above are obese while a BMI of 40 and above is extremely obese.
Even if you are eating healthily, some medications or psychological issues can interact with your body's ability to process food. When some people are upset or stressed out they can overeat, which can lead to obesity. Medications like corticosteroids, blood pressure medication and tricyclic antidepressants can also cause weight gain, UMMC said.
Controlling your weight
If you're ready to work on your health or maintain a slim figure, a healthy diet and regular exercise are good places to start. Asking your doctor about other medication options is also helpful. According to UMMC, maintaining a food and exercise journal to keep track of all you eat and do can help you get started with losing weight and getting on the right track toward being healthy.
There are also supplements that, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, can add to your weight loss. One of these supplements for natural weight loss is Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is pulled from the fruit Garcinia cambogia. Never heard of it? Unless you hail from Asia, India or western Africa we don't blame you - this pumpkin-shaped fruit is only native to these regions. No matter where you live, however; you can still benefit from its all-natural health powers.
The HCA from Garcinia cambogia will help to block fat as well as work to suppress your appetite. The extract will block fact by inhibiting citrate lyase, an enzyme your body uses to make fat from the carbohydrates you eat. When HCA inhibits this enzyme, fat will cease to be produced while the production of low-density lipoprotei (LDL), the bad type of cholesterol, and triglycerides will decrease.
To suppress your appetite, HCA will increase your serotonin levels. Serotonin is the thing in your brain that makes you feel good. With increased serotonin levels, you'll feel better and turn you away from food if you tend to overeat when upset or stressed.