How You Can Fight Obesity by Improving Your Nutrition

Global obesity rates have doubled since 1980. Every day people worldwide are battling a preventable disease. It doesn’t have to be this way. Meals on the go, busy schedules, lack of movement, and addicting ingredients (like refined carbohydrates and sugar) are all contributing to this massive increase. We are mindlessly eating and spending nearly 80% of our day sitting.

Here are some eye-opening facts and figures as well as tips to help you change your direction and lead a fitter, healthier, and happier lifestyle.

Nutrition is Key

What you eat each day has a big impact on your health and how you feel now and in the future. Smart food choices, together with regular physical exercise, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and improve your overall health. But be careful: a healthy weight does not always equal a healthy diet. Eating a poor diet has been linked to significant health risks like heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer.

Why Food Tracking Helps

Keeping a food diary has been shown to be capable of doubling a person’s weight loss. A study of 1,700 participants found that those who kept records of what they ate daily lost twice as much weight as those who did not. It seems that keeping daily food records can help people lead a healthier lifestyle by making them think more about the choices they make (and consume fewer, better quality calories).

Despite the generally unhealthy habits and poor eating choices, it’s still possible to turn things around! A combination of regular workouts and healthy nutrition is the answer. There are no quick fixes out there that can teach you what breaking a sweat and tracking your food can. Most people have no clue how much they’re consuming on a regular basis, which is why food trackers are so eye-opening and extremely vital. You’ve been keeping track of your workouts with the Runtastic app, and now it’s time to take that next step into nutrition with our new food tracker app – Balance.

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