The World Health Organization’s definition of obesity is having a BMI greater than or equal to 30. (BMI greater than or equal to 25 is considered overweight). And currently, more than one in three adults are considered to be obese. Though the weight loss process can certainly be an uphill battle, it’s encouraging to understand the potential mental and physical benefits your new lifestyle can have on your overall well-being and sense of self.
Past research studies have shown that getting enough sleep is important because of its effect on having healthy brain functions, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. But new studies from The American Academy of Sleep and the Center for Disease Control show that “social jet lag’ caused by shifting your sleeping or waking times because of social activities or because you’re staying up too late to work on a project could also cause various health issues.
On the road to weight loss there will be pitfalls and setbacks. Life will happen and weight loss will slow or begin to slowly creep up. In these times, when life is pushing your health goal priorities further down the list, it’s important to practice self-understanding. When our thoughts begin to turn negative toward ourselves, we run the risk of undoing all of our good efforts.
Many of us eat the foods we love as a reward and then we feel terrible, which doesn’t make much sense. And yet, we do it all the time. Why is it we overeat foods loaded with sugar, fat, and salt and then groan in physical discomfort, swearing never to do it again . . . only to repeat the same process days, even hours, later?
There is a reason our program is called 20/20 Lifestyles and not the 20/20 Diet.
Have the dark, drizzly days got you feeling down? Are you experiencing less energy this time of year than your normal, vibrant self? You aren’t alone. It is estimated ~20% of the population suffers from the condition Seasonal Affective Disorder – otherwise known as SAD. It is a condition that can trigger depression symptoms to appear in the winter months.
Stage 5 welcomes dairy and dairy alternatives back into your diet.
Maintenance is all about continuing what you have learned through this process regarding exercise, and nutrition to successfully maintain your new weight for the rest of your life.
Stage 1 of our 20/20 LifeStyles meal plan is designed to act as a meal replacement stage, making your transition towards developing healthy eating habits as effortless as possible.