There's another new report out that says the obesity epidemic isn't going away any time soon. According to recent projections presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, by 2020 most American adults will be overweight or obese and more than half will suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions. Despite this grim health outlook, there's a lot of research out there that points to little things we can all start doing to help reverse the trend. Read on for scientifically-backed five ways to help turn the obesity tide!
5 Ways to Help Fight the Obesity Epidemic
1. Eat more protein. We Americans tend to snack a lot on sugary and carb-heavy foods. However this study says that upping our intake of protein could help us all to eat less and therefore weigh less.
2. Engage in interval training. Researchers have found that when compared to moderate-intensity continuous training, interval training is more effective for losing weight and improving health. Interval training was also rated as more enjoyable by participants!
3. Stand up once an hour and get moving on your lunch break. According to a May 2011 report, only 6.5 percent of American adults meet the guidelines for physical activity while on the job, which isn't helping our waistlines. To help with this, be sure to get moving once an hour whether it's visiting a coworker or just standing up and doing a few lunges. Also try to squeeze in some activity over your lunch hour!
4. Sip on green tea. While green tea hasn't been proven to burn fat, new research shows that it may help keep weight off. With growing obesity rates, it's also important to slow the rate of obesity down, so drink up!
5. Get nutty. Eating just one ounce of raw nuts a day has been shown to help decrease hunger, boost mood and help people with metabolic syndrome. That's a pretty compelling reason to feel like a nut more often that not!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.