Obesity and it’s health related illnesses is the Number 1 cause of death in the United States. Prevention is generally acknowledged to be the best approach to health-related issues. This is understandable since most health problems today defy curative measures.

But even for those ones that can be cured with relative ease, why go through the pains, the inconveniences, and financial costs of medical treatment when the condition could so easily be prevented in the first place? So either way, prevention is still a lot better than cure.

Fortunately, most health problems can be prevented, including obesity. Recognizing the causes and symptoms of a health issue way before it becomes a full-blown problem is the first step towards preventing it. Listed below are 6 steps you need to take in order to prevent this seemingly unstoppable national epidemic called obesity.

Watch What You Eat: yes, you must have heard this a million times before. But if you’re obese or even overweight, chances are you’ve taken this caution for granted. By simply forming the habit of reading the labels on all food items you purchase, especially the processed ones, experts agree you’re well on your way to cutting obesity risks by more than half.

Eat Healthy: of course the only reason you are reading those labels is so you can choose what to eat and what to avoid. The FDA recommends that a person’s daily calorie intake should not exceed 2000, and must come from such food varieties as fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy products, meats, and bread.

Please, do not take note only of the food categories included here, such as dairy products and bread. Also note what your total calorie intake from the list must add up to. Ultimately, that is what Healthy Eating Means.

Watch Your Weight: you should regularly monitor your weight, especially if you or members of your family tend to have weight problems. Investing in a scale for the home will make this easier.

But don’t go to the other extreme—spending the better part of your day on the scale. You should weigh yourself no more than once a week. Meanwhile, take appropriate steps to lose every extra weight you see yourself adding.

Stay Active: this is probably one of the simplest ways to stay in shape. And it doesn’t always mean going to the gym (although that can enhance your results). But most times, simple activities like taking brisk walks in the neighborhood, taking the stairs rather than the lifts, walking or biking to the malls can yield great results when done regularly.

Drink Water! Sounds simple enough. And maybe that’s why the vast majority of persons ignore it. The thing is that when you form the healthy habit of frequently drinking water, the urge to indulge in foods is greatly reduced. Reason: some minds interpret dehydration as hunger (rather than as thirst!).

The FDA recommends 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Besides helping in the fight against obesity, adequate water in your body also helps to detoxify your system, cleansing it of impurities.

Eat Only When You Are Hungry: studies have shown that most people who are naturally trim only eat when they are hungry. Resisting the temptation to eat a particular meal just for your love for it can be a great way to prevent obesity.

Yes, there are a few cases where obesity is traceable to genetic factors. But we must all admit that such instances are few. For most of us, simply taking control of what enters the mouth and combining that with a fairly active living will do the trick. If you discipline yourself along this line, you’ll soon discover that obesity is not as unstoppable as the numbers may suggest.

REMEMBER YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

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