Why Fat Matters!

Happy New year to you all! As I write the sun is making a brave effort to shine after several days of almost constant rain.A little sunshine a little inspiration for New Year’s resolution and one of the most popular ones is to lose weight.
Being fat is not primarily a cosmetic issue it is a health issue. Anyone who is fat will sooner or later suffer ill health as a direct consequence of the excess body fat.In fact younger and younger people are suffering heart attacks and strokes as a direct result of obesity.
So what are the health risks of having a BMI of greater than 25.0.

I will list them:

1 High blood pressure
2 Heart attack/Ischaemic heart disease which is lack of oxygen to the heart muscle
3 Stroke/ Brain attack due to a blood clot most cmmonly or a bleeding blood vessel.
4 Diabetes which is a very serious condition and shortens lives by 10 years.
5 In women increased rates of endometrial /uterine cancer.
6 In women decreased fertility and capacity to conceive spontaneously.
7 In men and women a greater incidence of Vitamin D deficiency
8 In men and women a greater incidence of osteoarthritis joint problems decreaing mobility.
9 In obese children a much higher rate of depression
10 In short obesity is very bad for health and we as a species are on the brink of extinction from being quite simply too fat.

I hope we can still feel happy about the New Year. I hope so. If you would like to read on, I have simple healthy eating and drinking and lifestyle list which will guarantee you lose weight if that’s what you choose to do and the solution lies with the indvidual and nobody and nothing else.(If you truly have a medical condition such as underactive thyroid or leptin disorder then this list may not help you lose weight but it will be beneficial to your overall well being)

Simple solutions for losing weight forever.
1 Don’t buy anything that is harmful to your health and weight. If you shop wrong I promise you will eat wrong. So be a healthsmart shopper!
2 Don’t consume alcohol.Lots of calories almost zero nutritive value.
3 Don’t consume carbonated drinks, pop, juices nor energy drinks which are caffeinated.Lots of calories and very little nutrition.Read the labels.Low calories drinks are often a swindle too. Check that small print.
4 Drink water at room temperature or tea such as cinammon and ginger in the winter ti warm from the inside out.
5 Avoid ice and refrigerated food. That does include popcicles and ice cream I am sorry to say.
6 Avoid dairy : that means cheeses butter milk and sour cream.
7 Replace meat in your diet with fish or pulses such as split peas, beans, chick peas. Don’t eat more fish. We don’t need to eat more of anything substitute it for a burger or steak which is loaded with fat and makes us fat.
8 Avoid beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb and eat lentils and pulse and beans instead.
9 Eat more vegetables and make more vegetable soups. They are delicious.Broccoli,carrot,leek,celery
10 Avoid bread and potatoes, this includes all kinds of processed chips and tacos and in case we think chocolate and candy are ok These are a definite no no too.

Losing weight is easier than you think.
Follow the above diet and exercising vigorously by walking at least an hour a day will see us all in better shape in a month.

Who wants to die of heart disease? It is all about shopping right and then we shall eat right.
If we permanently change our bad shopping habits our health will improve.
Good luck and in a month let me know how you did?

And finally speaking of Mexico ….Mexico ranks number 1 in the world for obesity with the greatest number of people with BMIs of 30 or more!


About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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