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DIET – INTRODUCTION

Whether we like it or not, the health of our society is bad and getting worse. As technology continues to develop, convenience does as well, and ordering food is literally as simple as the clicking of a button. Long gone are the days of having to find your own food, let alone having to drive to a restaurant to get dinner. Cooking dinner looks less and less appealing when compared to the food conveniences and choices amongst diners, catering services, fast food, and takeout.

Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death, just in the United States alone. Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise due to poor lifestyle choices, such as too much unhealthy food and not enough exercise. “Globesity,” a term coined by the World Health Organization to describe the worldwide obesity epidemic, is another problem as well. These numbers continue to rise as do the associated health problems and diseases. As governments and local communities start to feel the impact of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. due to poor lifestyle choices, awareness is increasing. Cheap, processed foods are so readily available and overwhelm the shelves in supermarkets. Toss desk-jobs, long drives or commutes, and electronics into the mix, and we do a lot of sitting around and very little to burn off that processed food.

With media covering the obesity epidemic and health and quality of life plummeting, some people are starting to see the light. Documentaries such as Fed Up are exposing food manufacturers’ concerns that lie only with profits and not health, and how added sugar is in over 80% of supermarket foods. We may be a long way off from getting back to “the good old days” where dinner was made from whatever was in the garden and processed foods were nearly unheard of. But the best we can do is inform ourselves about why healthy choices are the best for long-term health and quality of life.

As technology develops, our choices will only continue to grow. By making wise ones, we can help battle and slow this rising epidemic.
o today I want to give you a quick beginner overview of one of the best choices you can make in regards to overall health & a natural way of eating. The Paleo Diet…dodon’t worry if you don’t know what it is, within the next few moments you will discover why it has been one of the most talked-about diets of recent time Let’s dive in…

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Why Are We In Need Of Fitness?

Firstly welcome to our beginners guide on the future of fitness and wearable technology, I just want to say thank you for joining me as we embark on a quick journey of discovery into this ever-changing landscape of technological advancement. In this first introductory chapter, we will be going over why we are in need of fitness and how technology is/will play a huge part in getting us fit. Let’s get started…
First and foremost, here we are, living in an era where fast food meals that are rich in fat are available on every corner and advertised on every platform available. There’s no wonder more and more people are suffering from obesity. There are dire consequences for those that are morbidly obese. Take a look at the facts and figures about obesity throughout the world.

How is obesity measured?


It is measured using BMI, or the Body Mass Index. This can be calculated by taking the weight of the individual in kg and dividing it by his or her height in meters. Mind you, this isn’t going to distinguish weight that is associated with muscle from eight associated with fat. Therefore, with those thoughts in mind, BMI provides an uncalculated measure of fatness. So, BMI is considered a “rough guide,” because it doesn’t correspond to the same degree of fatness in every person. An individual that has a BMI that is larger than 25 is “overweight.” However, if an individual has a BMI that is 30, they are considered obese.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death. A clinically obese child or adult is at risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, joint problems, cancer, depression, and breathing difficulties.


Probably the light beneath all these dreadful facts is that obesity can be reversed…especially with the help of fitness technology! Unlike those suffering from other diseases, an obese child or adult can fight obesity by prioritizing health and fitness before it becomes too late. If you or anyone you know is suffering from obesity, here are 5 main ways to reverse its effects:
1) Remove sugar, salt, and saturated fat – A high intake of salt, sugar and saturated fat all contribute to obesity. WHO has dropped its recommended fat (53 grams/day), sugar (25 grams/day), salt intake (5 grams/day) to help reduce the global population’s risk of diabetes and obesity.
2) Get enough sleep and control stress levels – Lack of sleep and chronic stress are the leading causes of insulin imbalance and weight gain. Poor sleeping patterns have been linked to damaged metabolism and increased cravings in carbohydrates and sugar. Religiously sticking to at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, paired with activities that promote relaxation (yoga, meditation, massage, etc.) could help reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes.

3) Get educated about nutrition – Food is the body’s fuel that enables us to think and perform day-to-day tasks, but it is important to be mindful of food choices. Aside from maintaining WHO-recommended fat, sugar, and salt intake, adding whole unprocessed foods (such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts) to the diet can prevent insulin resistance and in turn help reverse obesity. The right set of multivitamins and supplements can also promote proper metabolizing of fat and sugar. If you are unsure of the diet and supplements suitable for you, it is best to seek advice from a nutritionist.
4) Exercise – Any physical activity, may it be walking for several hours or performing high-intensity interval training for 30 minutes, is better than nothing. Make sure to get the heart rate up whenever you exercise.

5) Measure progress – Many studies have shown that people who track their diet and exercise progress with a notebook or spreadsheet lose twice as much weight. Self-monitoring had been a tedious task, since BMI measurements, calorie intake, and physical activities are logged in manually, but fitness phone apps made it much easier. Now with fitness trackers that can monitor everything from steps, distance ran, speed, estimated calories burned, and even sleeping patterns, self-monitoring provides much more motivation than ever. Anyone who has been diagnosed with obesity may find the situation bleak, but this shouldn’t be the case. Changes in lifestyle, diet, and fitness could help prevent or revert the effects of obesity and with the aid of fitness technology, the obesity situation may be easier to beat than ever!
Well, that’s a basic introduction to the current obesity situation in the world and why we need fitness and health. Over the next few chapters, we will take a more in-depth look at what wearable tech is, how it can aid fitness, and how it affects you. Are you ready? Let’s go…