If you are overweight or obese and are looking to lose weight then diet and exercise would be a good idea.
Unfortunately exercise maybe difficult, in particular running as a new study has shown that the heavier you are the greater your brain perceives the distance to be, which makes exercise like this seem almost impossible.
The study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), found that when compared to individuals of a healthy weight, those who were obese were found to be less likely to engage in physical activity as they saw the challenge differently.
For example they would think that a hill was more steep or that a distance was longer.
What do we suggest?
When you first make the decision to lose weight and to become more active it is probably not the best idea to push yourself too hard with exercise such as running, especially if you are obese.
It is probably a better idea to start off smaller with less strenuous activities, for example you could start by going for a short stroll each day.
Before long your fitness levels will improve and you will be able to push yourself that much harder.
Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint, so small steps are needed. Pushing yourself to hard and failing will certainly not be a good idea.
What about your diet?
As well as your exercise regime, you will certainly need to look at what you eat too if weight loss is your goal.
You should cut back on the junk food you eat, but eliminate it entirely as doing so will leave your diet too dull and the cravings you will start to experience will be hard to resist.
You should start eating more fresh fruit and vegetables too. This is because they are naturally low in calories, but are full of the nutrients your body needs.
Protein-rich and fibre-rich foods should also be eaten. As they are both hard to digest so will keep you feeling full, while also ensuring energy is released gradually throughout the day.
Finally, try to cut out the soft drinks from your diet. They are full of calories, with even the calorie-free options shown to cause sugar cravings due to the artificial sweeteners.
Instead I would recommend that you look to drink more water instead. It is completely free of calories and can help to curb your appetite.
If you are overweight you are at a higher risk of developing numerous life-threatening conditions, but there are things that you can do to lose weight and prevent the development of these conditions.
Hopefully you can use some of the advice given and change your life and health for the better.