Weight Loss and the Link to Good Oral Health
The weight loss industry is booming and getting bigger every year, just like their demographic. “Shred fat fast with this all-natural fat blaster”, or “Abolish Fat Forever – Guaranteed” are the headlines we’re accustomed to seeing recently online and in social media. The fad diets that come and go simply do not work for most of us and it can be very frustrating.
Although there is a huge increase in healthy eating among Americans, the fact remains that most of us still struggle with overeating and the battle of the bulge. We live in a fast-paced society where everything needs to be obtainable right here, right now. No wonder fast food is the go-to for so many of us.
The Facts About Obesity in the US
There are a few facts from obesity.org, American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that we need to get off our chest before diving into the “Super Easy Weight Loss Tip For Better Results”.
- Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight
- More than 1 in 3 over 20 years of age are considered “obese”
- Nearly one third of children in the US are considered “obese”
- Obesity is linked to over 60 chronic diseases
- 572,000 Americans die of cancer each year. About one-third of these cancer deaths are linked to excess body weight
- Annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. is close to $200 billion
- Healthier diets could prevent $71 billion per year in medical costs
While many of us may spend thousands of dollars in our lifetime on pills and supplements that simply do not work, we’re missing out on daily routines that can help us gain that extra edge we need to help us lose excess weight and become healthier. We’ve all heard of the typical things we can do to help ourselves live healthier lives, like jogging, biking, weightlifting and eating healthy. These are all elements of living a healthy life, but if it were easy to stay with it every single day, wouldn’t all of us do it? Sure, once you have forced yourself into this type of lifestyle, it becomes easier every day, and then you become that person that tells your overweight friends, “just do it! It’s easy!”.
For those who are looking to take baby steps, but still make it an easier path to success, we’ve got a “super easy weight loss tip for better results” about which you probably didn’t even contemplate.
The secret is simple – BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
It’s true! Studies show that practicing good oral hygiene by continually taking care of your teeth and gums can lead to good overall health, including weight loss.
In animal studies, researchers learned that their subjects were more prone to obesity when gum disease was present. When the disease was treated, they ended up losing weight. Research has also found a correlation between obesity and high levels of oral bacteria.
Without thinking about all the science and research behind oral health and weight loss, think about the last time you brushed your teeth. Did you want a big ol’ cheesy burger with mayo and a side of fries? We’re going to go out on a limb and say your answer is “no”. Now, think about how you can incorporate this into your diet. If you imagine eating food every 3 minutes, this might not work for you as brushing your teeth every 3 minutes can actually have negative effects on your oral health. However, try brushing and flossing on a schedule daily.
Here are a few suggestions for daily oral health care that may help you shed some of those pesky pounds.
- Make brushing your teeth (lightly brushing. Don’t go overboard) your first priority when you get out of bed. If your first concern is taking that morning shower to help wake up your body, then think about keeping an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in the shower to make it part of your shower routine. This may help curb your morning appetite and help you make better choices in food selection and serving size. Be sure to fully brush and floss after your breakfast before heading out the door.
- Take a travel toothbrush and floss with you to work. After your lunch, go straight to the bathroom and brush your teeth thoroughly. This can help curb your desire to snack during the afternoon while sitting in front of your computer.
- Once you get home, rinse your mouth with a bit of mouthwash. The feeling of a freshly gargled throat may again curb your appetite and help you make wise decisions on the portions and even the choice of food you eat. Now, if someone has already cooked that “famous family recipe meatloaf” for dinner, you may not have the choice as to what to eat, but your portion size may be smaller than if you hadn’t gargled with mouthwash.
- Brush and floss directly after dinner. Again, this can help curb your appetite for more, which will help you refrain from grabbing that carton of ice cream and digging in while watching your favorite show. And yes, it’s difficult not to snack while watching “The Walking Dead”.
These are just a few super easy tips that can help you not only maintain a healthy mouth, but can also help you be successful in your weight loss journey. Give it a try! You’ve got nothing to lose except extra weight and bad oral bacteria.