The results of the CDC obesity study are in, and Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee are the fattest states in the nation. Almost one out of every three adults down South are considered obese, and the children didn't fair much better. You can blame the epidemic on poverty, lack of education, and poor eating habits. Or, maybe they eat dinner too late and refuse to exercise. I don't know, but the high rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer, prove that changes need to be made.
Take some tips from trainer Jillian Michaels, and maybe, just maybe, your state will be a little bit lighter next year.
"For those with large amounts of weight to lose, it's about confronting internal demons. That type of self-destructive behavior is psychologically motivated. When it comes to 10-30 lbs, the key is to eat clean. Increase the intensity of your training. Don't undereat. Create no more than a 700-calorie deficit a day for women, and a 1,000 calorie deficit for men. Exercise burns calories and we all know that weight loss is an energy equation. Exercise also helps to rev metabolism by releasing fat-burning hormones like testosterone, DHEA, and HGH, and it inhibits fat-storing hormones like cortisol. Last, exercise helps to build and maintain lean muscle mass, which helps increase metabolic function."
"Make sure to have a balanced macronutrient diet ratio-get protein, fat, and carbs in all meals, but leave carbs out of dinner if possible. The insulin from carbs can interrupt the release of HGH when you sleep. Counts calories, go organic whenever possible, and avoid processed foods at all costs." (Better Nutrition Magazine , July issue)