The weight loss market is now an estimated 70-80 billion dollars market in the United States alone and near the $200 billion mark worldwide.
The vast and growing rise in weight loss and management programmes is due to a more significant health awareness of many of the world's population. We now know there is a relationship between what we eat and what we weigh. A connection between what we eat and chronic health challenges. Diseases like diabetes, stroke, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol and heart attacks.
However, in spite of the awareness described above, there has been an enormous spike in chronic health conditions that can be prevented by a change in diet and losing excess weight.
Part of the problem could be that many find the various diet fads too challenging to follow and not sustainable long term. Not knowing what to do, some give up and live life, as usual, hoping for the best, that chronic health problems don't find them. Sadly, these conditions do come, and it often costs more to "fix" or may be fatal. So, rather than play the ostrich, how about finding something sustainable? Can traditional African food help?
One myth I have heard for years is that African foods make you fat. So far from the truth. Most recipes from Africa consists of wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, traditionally low meat and dairy consumption, oils in moderation. A diet on the above is very healthy. Perhaps is the way we eat them or other things we now eat with them that make us obese.
It may be helpful to know if it is necessary for you to lose weight or not. The most popular way of determining this, is to calculate what is known as your BMI which is Body Mass Index. It is your weight divided by your height. The healthy weight range should have a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9. Anything above, is either overweight or obese. Enter your weight in the calculator below:
For many years I have struggled with my weight and tried several weight loss programmes. Some of it worked, but I get this erratic weight gain when you no longer follow the diet. However, there is one that I have been carefully studying lately. And it is called the DASH Diet. The diet was adapted from the Mediterranean diet and designed to help people with hypertension and in my opinion, one of the healthiest ways to eat and should be adopted by people everywhere.
The DASH diet, Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, is a plant-based, less meat diet. And this sort of diet is gaining popularity everywhere. Research now shows that many health challenges like diabetes, stroke or cardiovascular diseases are preventable and in many cases reversible by changing what we eat.
The DASH Diet consists of wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low fat and dairy products, low alcohol consumption, low sodium and portion control. Physical activity should also form part of any healthy diet. Make it your way of life to eat helthy, stay healthy.
However, before embarking on any diets discuss with your doctor if it is suitable for your particular need. It might work for most people but there could be that tiny chance it might not be for you. So it is best to err on the side of caution. Discuss with your doctor.
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