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75% of South Africans unhappy with their weight

A recent survey conducted by News24 has revealed that a large majority of South Africans are totally unhappy with their weight.The poll revealed that only 25% of the respondents were actually comfortable with their figure. A further 14 % were occasionally satisfied with their weight while the balance of 61% revealed that they would like to either lose or gain some weight.

News 24 survey results
News 24 Survey

It is very seldom that I have ever encountered any woman, no matter how small she is, that would not like to lose some extra weight. In most cases it is always a case of “I would just like to lose another 2 kg’s”. Funny enough no matter how much they lose they still always want to lose that little bit extra.

In order to help you with some extra weight loss here are some great slimming tips:-

  • Coffee. Start your day with a nice cup of strong coffee – preferably black and without sugar. The quick burst of caffeine gets your metabolism jump started for the day.
  • Drink a glass of water each hour and 1 glass immediately before eating. Water flushes toxins from your body and helps to distribute correct nourishment through your body. Drinking sufficient water increases weight loss by up to 25%. The glass immediately before a meal helps to fill your tummy and reduce appetite so that you eat less.
  •  Increase physical activity – Burn off some  calories by increasing your normal daily routines – housework, walking, swimming, anything physical will help burn extra fat.
  • Portion size – by reducing the size of the plate that you eat off you will automatically reduce your portion size. What you eat is not nearly as important as how much you eat. Never eat until you are full!
  • No eating late – Try to not eat after 6.00 pm . Allow sufficient time before going to sleep for your food to digest properly.
  • Chilli – This is an incredible fat burner that works well. Chilli increases your metabolism and improves the rate at which your body burns off calories. There are so many
    health advantages to chilli that you really cannot afford to diet without it.
  • Regular colon – keep your bowel movements regular. The longer food is stored in your colon the more calories and fats that are absorbed into your body. Try eating some fresh citrus fruit on an empty stomach to improve bowel function.

It always helps to cheat a little so getting some help from a quality fat burner diet such as Phen375 will assist you to achieve your weight loss goals far quicker and easier.

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Two Thirds of Women are Overweight

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Love Handles

A report by the Centre of Metabolic Medicine and Surgery has revealed that as many as 66% of women in South Africa are overweight and 28% can be considered to be morbidly obese.

The figure in South African men is considerably lower with only 33% of men considered to be overweight and just 10% considered to be obese.

According to Graham Anderson of the Profmed Medical Scheme, 78% of obese and 52% of morbidly obese people in South Africa consider themselves to be healthy.

These figures are cause for concern as obesity leads to other serious illnesses which are associated with more than 2.5 million deaths a year worldwide.

Obesity related health problems include :-

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Strokes
  • Heart Diseases
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems

One of the biggest problems facing our society and the world is that, unlike 30 years ago, being overweight is becoming widely accepted and is even considered to be perfectly acceptable.

Obesity in China

Our South African figures are a stark contrast to those that are available for China. Although there is major concern over the effect of popular American fast food outlets on the weight of the nation, obesity still sits at just 5%.

The biggest concern in the cities of China where obesity has become more evident is that especially the young people are forsaking their traditional foods and drinks of green tea in favor of the western fast foods such as KFC and McDonald’s and of course Coca-Cola.

Is Green Tea the Key to China’s low obesity rate?

For centuries the Chinese have drunk green tea as their beverage of choice.  Research has indicated that green tea is able to boost your metabolism by as much as 4% and therefore increase your fat burning. Drinking 3 to 5 cups a day of green tea not only helps with your weight control but also produces a whole host of other health benefits such as reduced cholesterol, anti aging, improved cardio function etc.

In my frequent trips to China I personally noticed the change in the youth of China as they slowly began to forsake their traditional foods and tea’s and replaced them with the western fast foods and coca-cola.

In 1999 I was impressed at just how thin and young looking the youth were and just how clear their complexions were. 18 Year old girls appeared to me as though they were not even in their teens yet.  Men and women in their late sixties appeared to be no older than fifty.

By 2011 this had changed in the youth. The young people were now looking the same age as their western counterparts. Clear complexions had been replaced with acne and in general the teenagers were showing signs of being overweight.

My Experiment with Green Tea.

Reflecting on these changes in the Chinese and the increasing research on the weight loss benefits of green tea I decided to see if my theory on green tea was correct. I began to drink between 3 and 5 cups of a quality loose leaf green tea and monitored my weight.

Within a period of just 1 month I found that not only did I feel so much more healthy but my weight had also dropped by an incredible 4.5 kg’s. This is amazing since I did not increase my exercise or change my diet apart from replacing some of my usual coffee with green tea instead.

Perhaps Green Tea could supply the solution to the worlds obesity problem.

Take away food revolution

Take away foods or fast foods have taken over the world. International fast food outlets such as McDonald’s and Kentucky have flooded our own South Africa while we ourselves are contributing to the worlds fast food chains with the rapid expansion of Nando’s worldwide.

Although there are very few figures available in South Africa as to just how popular fast food outlets are, there have been some recent figures published in the UK. These figures reveal that Fast food popularity has increased incredibly to a degree that most families are regulars at their favorite fast food outlets.

One amazing piece of information revealed here is the 1 160 calories contained in one of the Burger King options. Take into account that you need to walk for a minute to burn off just 4 calories, with this whopper you have to walk for almost 3 hours just to burn the extra calories off.

Add a Coke or milkshake and side order of French Fries and you will be having to walk all day just to counteract the excess calories contained in the meal.

Take out food is usually high in calories. It is a known fact in the dieting industry that wherever in the world McDonald’s and the other American fast food chains decide to set up, obesity begins to follow thereafter.

Fortunately South Africa has a fairly healthy alternative in our very own fast food chain Nando’s. The chili found in Nando’s, when ordering the Peri Peri versions, is a natural metabolism booster which assists you to burn calories faster.

My biggest recommendation to you if you are trying to lose weight is to avoid take out foods as much as possible, but if you are in a situation where you have to get take outs then opt for the hottest peri peri meal you can at Nando’s.

Obesity in South Africa

Obese Man
Obese Man

Personally I would estimate that a far higher percentage of South Africans are overweight and as time passes I am noticing an alarming amount of young children who are becoming obese.

Sure, we have always had some “fatty” children running around but I am not talking about just slightly overweight kids, I am talking about children who are sometimes pre-school and who are morbidly obese.

What is causing the trend in obesity?

While there are a million factors contributing to obesity in S.A and the rest of the world there are some factors that are easier to control than others.

1) Fast Foods

It is a well known fact that wherever the popular American fast food outlets appear in the world then obesity seems to follow. These fast food chains have popularised unhealthy eating and have provided a simple solution to the housewives problem of providing food to the family.

Children are a major part of the new trend towards fast foods and as a result the unscrupulous marketing of these unhealthy foods is often targetted at children. Where the children wish to go the parents follow. Kiddie meals supplemented with a “cool” toy that every kid must collect ensures that these families return on a regular basis.

Dr Van Der Merwe has gone as far as to suggest that the government should impose a tax on unhealthy fast foods similar to the “Sin Tax” imposed on cigarettes and alcohol.

2) Soft Drinks

Water has become so uncool! Why drink water or some other healthy beverage when you can drink a refreshing sugar laden soft drink.  Of course these high sugar refreshments are often supplemented with caffeine so as to cause the user to return regularly for a top up of caffeine.

One 500ml popular brand soft drink was found to contain almost half of the recommended daily allowance of calories. Walking around popular supermarkets and observing the trolleys of shoppers all containing multiple 2 litre bottles of soft drinks indicate just how badly South Africans have become hooked on Soft Drinks.

The new “Sugar Tax” that is due to come into force in 2017 is mainly targeted at increasing sugar prices to try and reduce sugar usage by an overweight nation.

3) Lack of exercise

Although I commonly state that you do not need a major exercise program to lose weightyou do need some sort of exercise, such as walking, in order to burn off calories.

South Africa is plagued by a very high crime rate and as a result in many circumstances it is no longer safe to walk around. Suitable public transport is a problem that further aggravates the situation.

Children are collected directly from school. It is often preferred that they rather safely watch T.V or play computer games instead of running around outdoors with friends. Adults often have private cars and drive directly to where they wish to go. There is no excess walking such as encountered when using a public transport system.

In short most South Africans very seldom partake in any form of day to day exercise and this is a major contributor to the overweight state of the nation.

Conclusion

The fight against obesity will involve a massive change of lifestyle in South Africa which could well be nearly impossible to achieve. Taxes imposed upon fast food outlets and other accompanying legislation which forces fast food outlets to indicate calorie content of meals provided, may help to control the problem slightly but it is still merely a pin-prick in the ocean.

Legislation to control the sale of popular soft drinks will never happen as these companies provide valuable tax revenue to the government. The streets are unsafe and there is no adequate public transport system available and as a result most familes will continue to lack adequate daily exercise.

Unfortunately is does seem that obesity problem in South Africa is going to continue to grow out of control as it has done in countries such as the USA.