Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.
People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height, is over 27.5 kg/m2, with the range 23–27.5 kg/m2 defined as overweight.
Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility. A few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, or medications.
Obesity is becoming the epidemic of the new age. To have awareness about what we can do about it is essential.
Weight loss is a balance between the calorie consumption and burning.
Here are a few very practical tips for weight loss and post weight loss maintenance.
Maintain a food journal.in which you will write down whatever you eat and drink and also the amount that you consume. In that journal, you must mention meal of the day, what you consume and how much. This will help you to know where you need to control your diet.
Workout or exercise is a must for any weight loss regime. The more effort you put in workout in a correct and guided manner, the better results of weight loss. This step is a must as there can be no possible weight loss without workout because without burning calories and reducing the input one can never achieve weight loss. To lose weight, tone your body and maintain the weight loss, it is highly advisable to choose a workout that suits you based on your preference, your capability and your time commitments. Yoga, aerobics, gym, swimming, any sport-badminton or tennis, dance or even a simple walk – are the options.
cutting down on simple carbohydrates is highly beneficial. Reduction of salt intake is also advisable.
4.Weigh yourself early in the morning – and write it down in a diary. Make column of date and weight or week and weight .Many studies have concluded that people who weigh themselves regularly tend to maintain healthy weight. You may also write the weekly weight on the calendar to keep a long term record of weight.
It is advisable to cut down on the portion sizes of meals and plan your meals such that the main content of your meal is raw fruit or veg, then protein like egg or meat but either baked or boiled and then little amount carbs like rice/roti.
This said, it is always better to seek professional help with any health matters and if weight loss is also a major health concern. Talking to a trained professional like a nutritionist can be very beneficial as they can guide you with how much percentage of foods you need from each group of the food pyramid based ony our BMI. From your side, strong commitment, regularity in work out and adherence to healthy diet will yield results.
Did you ever think that fat could itself help burn extra calories. Fat in excess of the body’s need is used to produce heat by what is called as the brown adipose tissue. This can be one of the most promising natural ways to avoid excess fat deposition. But unfortunately this brown adipose tissue diminishes with age and its activity needs to be restored such that it can exert its calorie burning effect. Continue reading “Fatty tissue that can help burn calories”
Globally, in 2013 the number of overweight children under the age of five, was estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 31 million of these are living in developing countries, including India.
Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority.Continue reading “Will overweight children grow into obese adults?”
In our earlier blog posts we discussed about emotional eating and factors that cause emotional eating. While it is natural to have food cravings & hence propensity to overeat in certain situation or occasions, awareness about the same can also help you take steps to overcome emotional eating.
Emotional eating is related to unreasonable and excessive consumption of energy dense foods (“comfort” or junk foods) in the absence of hunger. ‘Hunger’ is defined as the physiological (bodily) need to initiate food consumption while ‘appetite’ is the psychological urge to consume a specific type of food. Experts estimate that emotions are responsible for upto 75% of overeating! Continue reading “Emotional eating – Are you a moody foodie?”
Obesity is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. More often than not, it is caused by a lifestyle that has too little activity and/ or too much (often unhealthy and junk) food. BMI (Body Mass Index) is one of the common indicators to check if you are obese. Apart from BMI, your waist size is another significant indicator to determine if you are overweight or obese.
Obesity may give rise to several other health complications like diabetes, hypertension or even a stroke or heart attack. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid becoming obese or even overweight. It’s better than to get started NOW rather than waiting for your weight (and hence BMI) to shoot up before starting!Continue reading “5 tips to prevent obesity”
Indians have a genetic susceptibility to be heavier especially at the abdomen. Americans and other Western counterparts have a different body structure and stature. the reference range for ideal body weight with reference to height for them and Indians vary widely and cannot be common.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most common indicators to check if you are obese. It is a measure of our weight relative to our height and waist circumference measure abdominal fat deposition.Asian Indians with a tendency to have higher fat mass distributed around the waist and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases have a lower cutoff for BMI and waist circumference. Continue reading “Are You Obese? – World Obesity Day”
When I vaguely coined the term McDonalization in my mind to represent the flourishing (though not nourishing) fast food culture among children, I realized that this term had already been conceptualized and well defined by Sociology author George Ritzer in 1993. That made me feel outdated and McDonald’s as rather pristine/primitive.