Have you ever started a new diet or exercise program that you thought was really working, only to get on the scale and realize that you have gained a few pounds? Or have you ever thought to yourself that over the course of a year your weight hasn’t changed, but the scale says that you are 1-2 pounds heavier?
According to a study done at the University of Washington, a large percentage of Americans underestimate the amount that they actually weigh. This study weighed participants at the start of the study and also had them estimate how much they weighed at the beginning of the previous year. The interesting fact is that most of the participants thought they had lost weight over the previous year when they actually gained weight.
With the alarming rates of obesity on the rise, this study becomes even more important. Not only are we gaining more weight as a nation, but we don’t even realize it. I highly recommend that everyone should do some type of physical exercise 3-5 times a week and to be aware of the foods we eat. I’m not concerned about weight gain from a physical point of view, but I am very concerned about how weight gain can greatly affect the state of your health.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville, NC