Weight loss has become one of the most important health goals of approximately 50 percent of the people around the globe. Why?
Rising prevalence of being overweight and obese and its lethal health consequences has prompted WHO to identify it as one of today’s most important public health problem. Body weight, though not complete but is an important health status indicator of an individual.
Obesity is due to positive energy balance, the intake of calories is more than the expenditure of energy. Excess energy intake leads to the accumulation of adipose tissue in the body leading to more of the desirable weight.
Overweight is a condition where the body weight is 10-20% of the mean standard weight for age, height, and sex.
Relying on market-based weight loss preparations and pills.
Stop challenging yourself
Following fad diets without any supervision. (Keto, Atkin’s, etc.)
Leaving your journey in between.
Eating therapy is not instinctive but learned.
The very first step has to be calculating your energy requirements, (Kcal/day).
Here is a simple equation that gives you an estimated idea of your everyday energy needs.
MALES: 10 X weight (in kg) + 6.25X height (in cm) – 5 X Age (in years) + 5
FEMALES: 10 X weight (in kg) + 6.25X height (in cm) – 5 X Age (in years) – 161
Multiply the above result with 1.6 (for men) and 1.5 (for women)
This gives you average energy being spent by your body.
Now subtract 500kcal/day to achieve a weight of 500g per week which is considered a healthy and long-lasting weight loss.
Protein: Consume approximately 0.8-1g/ kg body weight of the protein is recommended. Include foods such as lentils, pulses, chicken, meat, egg, dairy products, tofu, etc.
Carbohydrates: Carbs that give empty or high calories such a table/refined sugar, potatoes should be restricted. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains can be a part of the diet.
Fat: Low-fat diet is recommended. Foods having PUFS’s and MUFA’s are recommended in restricted quantities. Foods include Olive oil, Nuts, such as almonds, cashews, pecans and macadamias, Canola oil, Avocados, Nut butter, Olives, Peanut oil, Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds or flax oil, Fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, albacore tuna, and trout.
Vitamins and Minerals: Restriction of sodium (table salt and packaged foods mainly), Inclusion of calcium-rich foods, and all vitamins are necessary for weight loss. Vegetables and fruits are a storehouse of both, vitamins and minerals. Always prefer seasonal and locally grown food.
High Fiber: Advantages of high fiber foods are:
Regulates bowel movements
Reduce blood cholesterol
Decreases rate of ingestion
Fluid: Non-sugary fluids can be taken liberally, as it may help keep bowel movements good and reduce caloric intake.
Levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during tension-filled times. This can turn your overeating into a habit. Because increased levels of the hormone also help cause higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods. Food is one of the many stimulants of ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter- endorphins. Self-gratification, self- punishment, depression, anxiety, and stress may lead to excess caloric intake. Chronic sleep deprivation may increase caloric intake in some cases. Stress is also a reason for relapse. Stress-related overeating can be reduced by learning how to implement other methods other than eating to deal with stress. Some examples include:
A sedentary lifestyle is an easy shot to weight gain. Physical activity will help in keeping you in track of this journey.
Apart from countless benefits of exercise, one finds it difficult to indulge in it daily, because many people do not exercise as a weight loss mechanism. this is because their level of fitness is so low they cannot sustain a moderate level of exercise intensity for very long. However, they must know that this will change as one continues to exercise.
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