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By Brianna Steinhilber, Everyday Health
Many Americans are in denial about the numbers on the scale, with only half of those who are overweight or obese reporting as such. Which may help explain why a recent Gallup poll found that the obesity rates among American adults is still on the rise, clocking in at 27.7 percent in 2014 (up from 27.1% in 2013). That means more Americans who were previously overweight have now moved into the obese category. Which makes sense: If you don’t think that you’re overweight, you’re most likely not making the necessary lifestyle changes to shed those pounds and get your health back on track, making the slide into obesity even easier.
The results of the poll were obtained based on self-reported height and weights, which were then used to determine an individual’s BMI. If you don’t know your own BMI, it may be time to figure it out – the number will help you determine if you’re in a healthy weight range for your height, or if you fall into the overweight or obese category.
A normal BMI range is 18.5-25. Individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are classified as “overweight” and those 30 and above fall into the “obese” range. If your BMI is 25 or higher, it’s time to make some changes to prevent becoming a product of the rising obesity rate.
The key is to start small – the tiny changes you make every day really do add up. And the less that these changes disrupt your normal day-to-day routine, the more likely you are to stick with them. Here are five simple ways to cut 200 calories from your daily total. Write them down and post them somewhere you'll see them each morning and make a vow to cut wherever you can – you’ll save up to 1,000 calories a day!
1. Choose two of these. Choosing bacon over sausage, eating an orange instead of drinking OJ, and spreading jam on your toast instead of butter will all save you 100 calories at the breakfast table.
2. Add this 20-Minute All-Day Workout to your routine.Spread throughout the day, this easy routine will stretch and tone your muscles, get your heart pumping, and burn 100 to 200 calories.
3. Replace one soda a day with water.That sugary sip sets you back anywhere from 150 to 200 calories per serving. Opt for a club soda with a squeeze of lime for a refreshing, bubbly drink with zero calories.
4. Rehab your sandwich:Ditch the slice of cheese and eat it open-faced, with only one slice of bread to off your sandwich!
5. Walk in place during the commercials. Your favorite one-hour primetime show has about 20 minutes of ad time. If you use every commercial break as an excuse to get up and march in place, you’ll burn approximately 200 calories by the end of the show!
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