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5 Ways to Stop From Becoming Obese, Say Doctors

ETNT Health Logo By Michael Martin of ETNT Health | Slide 1 of 6: Obesity—defined as a BMI (body mass index) over 30—is a worldwide crisis. And it might be hitting uncomfortably close to home: A whole bunch of us may be stepping on the scale or taking a good look in the mirror after a year of pandemic-related lockdowns and thinking: What have I done? And what can I do to change it?It turns out that even before the pandemic, the traditional way of weight loss—cut calories, amp up exercise—wasn't really working. That's because it overemphasizes eating less, period, instead of eating more really good food that won't make you gain weight. "A high-quality diet will almost automatically lead to better calorie control—you're going to be eating foods with higher satiety," says JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, a contributor to the new documentary Better, which explains how Americans can turn back the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes.Like many, you may be carrying around a few more pounds than you'd prefer right now, but there are some easy, science-backed steps you can take to prevent obesity. Read on to find out more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 

5 Ways to Stop From Becoming Obese, Say Doctors

Obesity—defined as a BMI (body mass index) over 30—is a worldwide crisis. And it might be hitting uncomfortably close to home: A whole bunch of us may be stepping on the scale or taking a good look in the mirror after a year of pandemic-related lockdowns and thinking: What have I done? And what can I do to change it?

It turns out that even before the pandemic, the traditional way of weight loss—cut calories, amp up exercise—wasn't really working. That's because it overemphasizes eating less, period, instead of eating more really good food that won't make you gain weight. "A high-quality diet will almost automatically lead to better calorie control—you're going to be eating foods with higher satiety," says JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, a contributor to the new documentary Better, which explains how Americans can turn back the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

Like many, you may be carrying around a few more pounds than you'd prefer right now, but there are some easy, science-backed steps you can take to prevent obesity. Read on to find out more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It

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