According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. This is due to a number of factors, including an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and a diet that is often calorie-rich and nutrient-poor. Excess weight and the unhealthy lifestyle choices that often go hand-in-hand with it can also increase the risk of developing serious problems such as diabetes and various forms of cardiovascular disease, which are some of the leading causes of death among Americans.
Because of this, weight loss and management are now major concerns for many people. Weight loss has turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry with thousands of articles, websites, and books offering plans and advice for those who want to live healthier.
Dozens of diet options are available, ranging from short-term solutions to plans you can follow for life. Every one of these diets has its proponents and detractors, and which diets will and won't work will depend on each individual person's age, genetics, goals, and lifestyle. Sometimes people need to try out more than one diet before they find the one that really "clicks" with them. Ultimately, the best diet for anyone is the one that they can stick to. It is our hope that this book will help you to find the diet best suited to your needs and get you on the path towards a happier, healthier self.
While this book is focused primarily on diet plans, it's also worth mentioning that there are other lifestyle changes you can make that can help you lose weight too, such as exercise. Even small changes in activity level, such as taking regular walks or choosing to use the stairs rather than an elevator, can help. Other simple changes include using smaller plates and silverware help manage portion size and watching how and when you eat. Sleep plays an important role in weight too, and getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night can help improve weight loss.
Always consult your doctor before making any major changes to your diet, as such changes can sometimes have unintended side-effects.