3 Surprising Statistics About Our Weight

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- We are currently eating more grain products, but almost all of them are refined grains (white bread, etc.). Grain consumption has jumped 45 percent sincerepparttar 1970s, from 138 pounds of grains per person per year to 200 pounds! Only 2 percent ofrepparttar 144655 wheat flour is consumed as whole wheat.

- Our consumption of fruits and vegetables has increased, but only becauserepparttar 144656 U.S.D.A. includes French fries and potato chips as a vegetable. Potato products account for almost a third of our "produce" choices.

- We're drinking less milk, but we've more than doubled our cheese intake. Cheese now outranks meat asrepparttar 144657 number one source of saturated fat in our diets.

- We've cut back on red meat, but have more than made up forrepparttar 144658 loss by increasing our intake of chicken (battered and fried), so that overall, we're eating 13 pounds more meat today than we did back inrepparttar 144659 1970s.

- We're drinking three times more carbonated soft drinks than milk, compared torepparttar 144660 1970's, when milk consumption was twice that of pop.

- We use 25 percent less butter, but pour twice as much vegetable oil on our food and salads, so our total added fat intake has increased 32 percent.

- Sugar consumption has been another cause of our expanding waistlines. Sugar intake is simply offrepparttar 144661 charts. According torepparttar 144662 U.S. Department of Agriculture, people are consuming roughly twicerepparttar 144663 amount of sugar they need each day, about 20 teaspoons on a 2000 calorie/day diet. The added sugar is found mostly in junk foods, such as pop, cake, and cookies.

- In 1978,repparttar 144664 government found that sugars constituted only 11 percent ofrepparttar 144665 average person's calories. Now, this number has ballooned to 16 percent forrepparttar 144666 average American adult and as much as 20 percent for American teenagers.

The days ofrepparttar 144667 wholesome family dinners so near and dear to our hearts, where we all sat aroundrepparttar 144668 kitchen table to discuss events ofrepparttar 144669 day, are now a part of our sentimental past. They have been replaced by our cravings for take-out and fast-food. We have gradually come to accept that it's "OK" to sacrifice healthy foods forrepparttar 144670 sake of convenience and that larger serving portions mean better value.

And, since I have been throwing-out statistics, here's one more: Americans are consuming about 300 more calories each day than we did twenty years ago. We should actually be eating less because of our decreased activity level, but instead are doingrepparttar 144671 opposite!

Decide TODAY that healthy eating and exercise habits will become a permanent part of your life!

Begin to explore your values and thoughts and other areas of your life where change may be required, and then take action. Begin slowly, but deliberately to make improvements inrepparttar 144672 areas you identify. And remember, it has taken a very long time to develop your habits, and it will take some time to undo themůso be patient!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.



Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.


Discover How to Stay Motivated and Be Successful

Written by Emily Clark


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If you have a busy schedule, don't despair. Set aside 15 or 20 minutes each day. Even if you only read a few pages, during that time, it WILL help to keep you motivated. I do it and can attest torepparttar fact that it really DOES work!

If you are inrepparttar 144654 process of achieving a goal such as weight loss or top salesperson, make a "dream board". A dream board is a poster, of sorts. If a trimmer figure is your goal, cut out pictures ofrepparttar 144655 new wardrobe you will someday buy.

If you dream of out-selling your peers, find pictures of your dream home or vacation destination... ofrepparttar 144656 new car you would LOVE to drive. Make a collage with these pictures and hand it somewhere where you will see it each day.

There are many other things you can do to stay motivated. Believe in yourself. Stay healthy. Maintain a positive attitude.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.



Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.


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