America knows it is big. Yet, the population is still getting fatter. This is because most people’s diets are rich in refined carbohydrates, low-quality animal fats, and processed sugar. As a result, 70 percent of adults over the age of 20 are either obese or overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If the US continues at its pace, by 2030, over 50 percent of all adults will be obese, says the Campaign to End Obesity. This is frightening, as the nation already spends close to $200 million per year on obesity-related healthcare costs.
Clearly, the time to “wake up” is now. But unless individual effort is made to exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables (which are nutrient-dense, high in fiber, and hydrating), little will change. Hopefully, the following list which outlines the top 10 fattest states in America will encourage some citizens to make their health a top priority.
Based on a new study published by WalletHub, the following are the 10 “fattest” and “least fat” states in America. Researchers took into account a series of 19 metrics across all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the findings.
The metrics included the prevalence of obesity and being overweight, weight-related health consequences, and food and fitness data. As Medical Daily reports, the metrics were weighted in that order.
The top 10 fattest states are:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
The top 10 least fat states were:
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
3 Simple Steps to Lose Weight
By now, most people are aware that weight loss is far more complicated than “calories in” vs “calories out.” While it isn’t essential to track micro and macro-nutrients (at least from this holistic nutritionist’s perspective), it is critical to emphasize the consumption of live, organic, and whole foods.
When we eat foods that are unprocessed and in their natural state, it is easier to obtain vital nutrients, minerals, fiber and hydration which are essential for ideal health. Following are 3 easy ways to consume more whole, plant-based foods to lose weight and attain vibrant health:
Consume a green smoothie every morning
One of the easiest ways to eat more greens (in a way that doesn’t make you want to barf) is by consuming a green smoothie every morning. A green smoothie (like it sounds) is green in color but can also contain plenty of fruit for taste appeal. When working with clients, I recommend this basic green smoothie to start out.
The spinach is a neutral-tasting green and it adds a creamy texture when blended with fruit, such as bananas. Those who are new to green smoothies may also enjoy this live food almond butter + jelly green smoothie.
Add a salad to an evening dinner
Salads don’t have to be boring and bland. Spruce up your evening meal by adding a side salad, and get creative by adding a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Cranberries, nuts, vegan cheese, sauteed mushrooms, etc… The list is endless!
Bonus tip: To make a salad even healthier, make your own dressing! Most store-bought dressings are full of oil, refined sugar, and ingredients your grandma couldn’t pronounce. Try this raw vegan caesar salad dressing or this Asian miso-orange dressing.
Consume a protein-dense breakfast
Consuming at least 20 grams of protein in the morning will help balance your blood sugar and keep you full for at least 3-4 hours. You can easily accomplish this by making a smoothie and adding a sprouted protein powder. Or, you can serve two organic, free-range eggs with gluten-free avocado toast. Another option is chia porridge, made with almond milk and a raw vegan protein powder.
These are just a few ways you can consume more nutrient-dense foods to lose weight. If enough people adopt healthier lifestyle and dietary habits, America will lose its reputation as being the fattest nation in the world.
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