Even if you are merely overweight, there is no time like the present in which to start fighting fat. According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), more than 78.6 million adults in the United States are considered to be either overweight or obese. Obesity itself isn’t really the problem, it’s the health conditions it can lead to, as well as the medical costs.

Obesity wreaks havoc on your body. Not just on your joints that are forced to carry a heavier load, but also on your internal organs. Too much fat can lead to organs being squished in together and even overgrowth of them.

On top of that, being overweight or obese raises your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, heart attack, early death, and even some types of cancers. The costs is astronomical when you think of how much is spent on medications, surgeries, and visits to the doctor.

Eat A Healthier Diet

One of the reasons why so many people are obese, or at least overweight, in the U.S., is because of convenience foods that are so easy to get and so full of fat, calories, and sugar. While no one is forced to eat fast food, overly processed foods, or even junk foods, when they are so easy to get it makes most people forget about how bad they are for you.

While cooking from scratch from home isn’t always convenient, you can come up with easy to freeze recipes that can help cut down cook time. Spend your day off from work doing prep, even just cooking most of the meat you’ll use for the week can help cut down on cook and preparation time.

Pick fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low- or no-fat dairy and whole grains. Follow the food pyramid, count calories, and don’t spend all day snacking. These are great ways to start toward a healthier diet.

Don’t Forget To Exercise

Simply eating healthy isn’t the only answer to obesity. You also need to stay in shape, which is as simple as making sure you get some physical activity in every single day. It can be as simple as walking or taking the stairs, or as complex as joining a gym or hiring a person trainer.

If the gym isn’t for you, walking daily and doing a cardio routine in your own home a few times a week could be all that you need in order to stay in shape and stay healthy. You don’t need to be skinny, but you do need to be at a healthy weight.

Talk To Your Doctor

If you are obese or overweight and you’ve been struggling to lose that weight, you may need to take some time to speak to your doctor. Your doctor can help you decide if medical weight loss is right for you. They will look at your BMI and more to determine what type of treatment will work best for you and your weight loss.

There are many types of surgery that can help aid in weight loss, but if you don’t follow the rules set forth from your doctor then you could gain your weight back, plus some. Another reason fad diets are a bad idea. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe you weight loss medications.