In true 21st century form, most folks are looking for the most expeditious way to do — well, anything. It seems that everything has to be bigger, better, and above all else, faster.
And nowhere is the need for speed more evident than in the world of health and wellness, specifically dieting and weight loss. I would venture to guess that when it comes to searches for “how to lose weight fast,” Google’s cup runneth over. But while the U.S. weight-loss industry continues to skyrocket, somewhere to the tune of $72 billion dollars a year, quick weight loss may not be the healthiest approach.
Time and again, research shows that the best way to lose weight is not by “dieting” at all. A better approach would be to make healthy lifestyle changes that improve your overall health. Undoubtedly, those changes will help you keep your weight in check as an added benefit.
The answer to that is a resounding, “No.” Why? Because under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, dietary supplement manufacturers do not require FDA approval to hock their goods. Of course, these companies are expected to do their due diligence to ensure their products’ safety, but more often than not, public safety is an acceptable trade-off for profits.
The end result is that the FDA issues public notifications, warnings, and recalls about these weight-loss supplements and diet pills year after year. In February 2020, for example, the FDA recalled the weight-loss drug, Belviq, because of its link to an increased risk of cancer. And sure enough, shortly after the recall, the lawsuits began to trickle in.
While there may be plenty of diet pills to choose from for a fast fix, there is no magic bullet. Instead, healthy lifestyle changes can impact your life, longevity, and maybe even your waistline. Here are 4 healthy lifestyle changes you can make today.
Stick To A Healthy Meal Plan
Undoubtedly, you’ve heard this plenty of times before; a healthy diet is perhaps the most important key to good health. And the secret here is pretty simple; make wise choices when it comes to your food intake. Ideally, your daily food intake should be a good mix of whole grains, healthy fats (omega-3’s, and the like), and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Additionally, you may want to reap the myriad health benefits of eliminating refined sugar from your daily meal plan. And last but not least, limiting your alcohol consumption is always a good bet.
Add Some Excersize To Your Day
When it comes to exercise, Newton’s first law of motion often comes to mind, “ A body in motion stays in motion.” Sedentary lifestyles are terribly unhealthy, and as we age, staying active becomes incredibly important.
When you get up and get active to keep those joints moving, there are plenty of additional benefits that come along for the ride, including:
Be Sure To Get Enough Sleep
Healthy sleep habits are crucial for your mind and body to function at peak levels. Studies have shown that insufficient sleep (for prolonged periods) can lead to a slew of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and impaired immune function.
And while this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, you get the idea. Moreover, sleep plays a big part in learning and memory, so it stands to reason that maintaining healthy sleep habits will also improve your cognitive function and boost your mood.
Try Relaxation Through Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation are great ways to relax your mind, center yourself, and reduce stress. And much like exercise, yoga also offers a wealth of physiological benefits too, including:
While diet pills seem to be a go-to for losing weight quickly, the results are often temporary and, it’s anybody’s guess what the long-term effects are. Because FDA approval is not a requirement, these types of “supplements” often do more harm than good.
The healthiest way to lose weight is by making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes. With improved diet, exercise, and stress management, you’ll not only add a few good years onto your life, but the scales may tip in your favor, and you could end up seeing a change in your waistline as well.
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