ACCORDING to the World Health Organization, obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and in 2014 over a billion adults, 18 years and over were overweight. More people in developing countries suffer and die from being overweight and obese than underweight.
Now I am not one to get all excited over statistics. There can be many distortions with these things, but I do admit that I am a concerned, aspiring-to-be healthy-citizen
As a former student-athlete at the University of the West Indies, Mona here are some ways I’ve learnt to fight obesity!
Starving yourself is not a healthy way to lose weight and as a self proclaimed foodie I really don’t recommend it! However, adding healthy food into your diet is a great way to jumpstart your lifestyle change. Having a banana for breakfast or adding in vegetables into your soup at lunchtime are all great ways to eat healthier.
Change the Word!!
Don’t some of us just get turned off by the word exercise or suddenly feel extremely tired once we even hear the word? So let’s just skip that word! How about enjoying morning walks on the beach taking in fresh air whilst chatting with a friend, jogging or taking the stairs every chance you get! Another fantastic option is a 10 minute walk twice a day.
Before you know it you would have done a twenty minute low impact exercise!
Don’t take yourself too seriously, it doesn’t matter how you look! What matters is that you are up and active. Put on your favourite music and shake a leg!
Water really is life. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you control your intake because you are not as hungry.
Stop Comparing yourself
Quit comparing yourself to anyone. Instead place your focus on trying to improve yourself and what you can do everyday! You are on your own journey! Remember the race is not for the swift!