In 2015, there were 2 out of 3 Australians who were considered overweight or obese. This is a 28% increase from the numbers a decade ago. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare even says that 25% of children were already considered overweight or obese.
These statistics don’t show good results for Australians. In fact, it shows that the country is on its way to becoming the top country that has a big population of obese and overweight people. In time, this can lead to a lot of health problems for many Australians.
Steps to Take to Lose Weight
If you find yourself obese or if you are on your way there, then it’s time to take steps to shed some pounds. While some people take drastic steps to slim down, here are healthy ways to do it.
1. Find a doctor
The very first step to losing weight is to consult with a doctor. Don’t just pick any doctor, but choose someone who is an expert at dealing with obesity.
Losing weight is not just all about diet because doing so will also have effects on your mood and your daily activities. When you pick a doctor, make sure that he or she can help you plan out your whole weight loss program.
2. Change your diet
Once you’ve consulted with a doctor, you can now start jumping into your eating habits. Changing your diet is one of the most important steps to being healthy. Most of the time, doctors and dietitians will tell you to lose your calorie intake.
This means that you have to lessen the amount of food that you eat and switch over to foods with fewer calories in them. Some switch to a protein-filled diet or a fat-filled one instead of a carbs-focused meal plan.
Changing your diet is probably the hardest challenge for obese people. This is because some are not used to the foods they are required to eat. On the other hand, some struggle to keep a full stomach with the lower calorie intake.
3. Start being physically active
Another way to complement your eating habits is to add physical activity. Physical activities help you shed the extra weight off without trying so hard. This can be going to the gym, doing cardio, or simply just playing a sport.
If you aren’t used to going to the gym, then you can just start off simple by playing your favorite sport every week. You can also get into daily jogs or walks.
4. Start building healthy habits
At the heart of any weight loss program are healthy habits. Because you will be eating the same diet and doing physical activities for at least two months, you will learn the value of healthy habits especially when you see them taking effect on your body.
Creating healthy habits also makes a more sustainable weight loss program than any crash course to fitness.
When you are obese, taking the first step towards weight loss seems daunting and challenging. However, the best way to help you go through it is to change your mindset on weight loss and being healthy. Find a doctor that can support you through your weight loss journey.