According to a new study undertaken at Duke University weight loss could help reduce depression amongst black women.
This study also concluded that black women were less likely to receive treatment for depression compared to their white counterparts, with just 39.7% black women compared to 54% white women seeking help.
The final discovery by this study was that black women also suffered more severe obesity, when compared to other ethnic groups, which could potentially lead to higher rates of obesity-related problems like diabetes and heart disease.
Is obesity linked to depression?
If you are overweight or obese then you may feel more subconscious about how your body looks, especially when out and about.
As stated above your weight may cause the development of conditions such as diabetes that can also make you feel depressed.
If this sounds like you then perhaps it is time for you to take action to lose a little of that excess weight, get healthier and beat depression, giving you a new positive outlook on life.
How to achieve weight loss?
There is plenty of information available online for weight loss, although sometimes contradictory. Therefore the tips given below are not too complicated yet will still ensure you see good results.
#1 – Get regular exercise
It shouldn’t be difficult to understand that if you want to lose weight then you need to be burning calories, which will involve exercise.
Now, I know not everyone is a fan of exercise but it is an essential part of any weight loss attempt.
Of course the gym is one of the best places to exercise, but it is certainly not the only place available to you.
For instance if you are subconscious about how you may look while working out then you could workout at home. There are plenty of exercises that you can perform at home.
You could even invest in a little home workout equipment, the prices for this equipment has dropped over the years and is now quite cost effective.
If you are feeling sociable then you may want to join a sports club or class, where you will be able to train with other like-minded people.
Just remember you don’t need to be working out everyday to achieve your goals, just 20 minutes 3-4 times a week will start your weight moving in the right direction.
#2 – Take charge of your diet
The next tip for achieving weight loss is to take control of your diet, for a start you should cut back on the junk food and takeaways.
Instead try to eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey and fish.
The protein found in these food types will help keep you feeling fuller for longer, will help keep your energy levels high and will help build lean muscle, if you plan on working out regularly, particularly with resistance or weight training.
You should also watch what you are drinking, out should go the caffeinated soft drinks and beverages such as tea and coffee. Really you should be drinking water instead.
If water is too boring for your tastes you could always add a slice of lemon or lime to give it a little flavour.
Drinking water can help keep food cravings to a minimum, does not contain any calories and when drunk can help flush out those toxins that have built up over the years that have prevented weight loss from occurring.
How to beat depression?
Of course weight loss has been shown to help treat depression, but there are some other tips that can help too.
#1 – Support from friends and family
Your friends and family should be able to give you the support you need when you are feeling down.
There are also support groups, both in person and online that can help.
You should also speak to your doctor if you are feeling down, and whatever you do don’t let your depression get too much for you. There is help out there for you.
#2 – Take time to relax
This is easier said than done, particularly with our hectic modern lifestyles. However, finding 5-10 minutes of alone time can be helpful in treating depression.
In this time you could try yoga or meditation, or perhaps just read a nice relaxing book or have a bubble bath.
#3 – Find out your triggers
If possible try to find out what triggers your depression, so that you can find ways to either avoid them or learn to deal with them.
Some triggers could be stress while others will have other triggers, just remember you don’t have to go through this alone. Always try to seek help, never just let your feelings lead onto more worrying actions.