There is only one way to lose weight and keep it off.

Almost 108 million Americans were overweight or obese in 1999.  Obesity continues to be a serious problem and is predicted to reach epidemic levels by the year 2020.

One way to prevent this scenario is to make people aware of the risks of being overweight or obese.

Here are some diseases that you are putting yourself in risk of if you are carrying a lot of extra pounds:

1. heart disease

2. stroke

3. diabetes

4. cancer

5. arthritis

6. hypertension

Losing weight helps to prevent and control these diseases.

Trying to bypass the work involved never works.  You may lose weight but if it makes you less healthy or you haven’t addressed the reason why you gained the weight, it won’t last. Quick fixes, surgery, magic weight loss pills don’t address the cause.  The fact is, the body works one way. It requires specific nutrition to function well. It also requires a healthy environment to function well. A healthy environment is a body that is not bogged down with chemicals and toxins, and over worked by processing many prescription drugs. The cleaner the body and the better the nutrient supply the better the results of a proper weight loss plan. No matter where your health is now, you can get a good start by reducing and / or eliminating non-whole food sources. Whole foods are fruits (not fruit strips or canned fruit in syrup), raw or lightly steamed green leafy and colorful vegetables, grass fed meats, and a good organic source of eggs and dairy (unless dairy irritates your body). Forget about sugar substitutes. Make sure you get plenty of fats as well. As long as it comes from whole, fresh foods your body needs it. This is an excellent start.