House Call Newsletter: Health News You Can Use

The Heavy Facts About Being Overweight
Vol. 5.1.7

With the popularity of NBC's hit show, "The Biggest Loser" and Dr. Oz's book, You On a Diet, the topic of weight loss is in the spotlight.

People across America are participating in weight loss programs, eating better, and exercising more.

This healthy trend comes just in time, because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that about 97 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

This means one out of every two adults in America is overweight or obese!

Why should you care if you are overweight or obese? Because being this way increases your risk of dying from diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea or respiratory problems, and prostate, endometrial, breast, and colon cancers.

With heavy prices like these to pay for being overweight or obese, why aren't more people motivated to release those extra pounds and get slim?

The answer is complex. Let's look at two factors. First, the fear of illness is not a strong motivator. Scaring people to get healthy does not work!

Second, emotional and mental reasons for being overweight or obese need to be addressed in order for a person to achieve and maintain successful weight loss.

With this information weighing you down, is there any hope? The answer is a resounding "YES"! Here are three secrets of weight loss that are simple and easy to follow:

Secret #1

Find your "why" for losing weight. Your "why" for releasing those pounds has to be bigger than life, so that when you're tempted to ditch your healthy regimen - be that skipping your workout or indulging in a bowl of your favorite ice cream - you follow your plan anyway. Journal about it and when you are tempted to cheat, re-read your "why". Connecting with your "why" will help you during the tough times.

Secret #2

Change your diet. This does not happen overnight, but is crucial to any weight loss program. You will have more success if you make one dietary change at a time versus trying to stop eating fast food, sweets, and drinking soda all at the same time. In Chapter 2 of my new eBook, House Call: The Doctor Knocks at Your Door with the Secrets of Health Transformation, I explain the details of what dietary changes to make and how to make them.

Secret #3

Add exercise to your daily routine. Studies show that with a combination of diet and exercise, people can be very successful with weight loss and are likely to keep the weight off for good. Again my eBook, House Call, has some specific recommendations for what kinds of exercise to add and how to add it into your busy routine.

By following these three simple secrets, you can drop those unwanted
pounds and find the slim, trim, healthy person inside of you!

To Your Optimal Health,

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