Over the last three decades, obesity rates have escalated, particularly among young people. Health professionals continue to recommend that individuals who struggle with weight make small changes that they can continue to build upon and that are lifetime sustainable. The list of small changes can include things like always use portion control (for both healthy and less healthy food choices), order restaurant food that shows calorie counts (so you can make better choices), mostly snack on fruits and vegetables, commit to engage in some physical activity most days of the week.
The Calorie Control Council, an international association representing the low calorie and reduced fat food and beverage industry is predicting some new weight loss and obesity trends for 2011:
People will focus on "preventing weight gain" in the first place.
The average American gains one or two pounds yearly and over time that somewhat insidious weight gain contributes to increased risks of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other health conditions. So health experts want people to try and not gain the weight to begin with, even if their current weight remains static and stable. Just cutting 100 calories a day, no longer drinking mostly caloric liquids, adding an effort daily to take at least 2200 more steps can all help to keep your weight stable and minimize additional weight gain. A goal to "not gain more weight" is actually an easier goal than trying to repeatedly lose excess weight.
Current dietary guidelines are being updated
A greater emphasis will be placed on eating more fruits, vegetables, non-meat based proteins like nuts and seeds, eating more omega-3 fatty acid rich foods, and switching to mostly 1% or fat free dairy products. There will also be a push for also limiting trans fats and saturated fats and reducing "added sugars" which are found in almost all processed foods and liquids.
Next up: three more important trends