Are you suffering from obesity?

Published: 19th September 2012 11:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2012 11:40 AM   |  A+A-


What makes you choose a particular dress for a party? Is it your mood, party theme and crowd you are going to get there or is it your bulges which need to be covered up gracefully?  If it’s the latter by which you have to stick, then surely you can understand the pinch in it. 

Look around and there is a high chance that one in five people will be overweight and one in ten people will be obese. Women are increasingly falling prey to the obesity bug because of sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits. Apart from social conventions, there are metabolic changes in the new age women who are managing a hectic work and personal life and travels long distance. Such women who either skip meal or binge on unhealthy food, more often than not, are overweight, if not obese.

All those extra pounds, which you always wished had never been there, are not just putting you in bad shape but also could lead to many health related problems.

“Obesity in women causes many complications like Cardiac problems, lipid abnormalities, blood sugar irregularities, hormonal imbalance and problems in conception and fertility. Many Indian women are complaining of diabetics, high BP, hormonal imbalance like PCOD, thyroid etc., the main reason being overweight. In addition to the high fat, high calorie food, physiological stress and emotional stress also form the main causes of overweight. These problems can be solved by a proper lifestyle and balanced diet,” says NR Bharathi,  dietitian at a private hospital in Marathalli pvt ltd.

Although problem of obesity is with almost every age group, but as soon as women enter in their thirties, it seems to grip them most tightly. At this age, obligations of family and professional life, together, rarely spare them to take care of their weight.

In the attempt to find escape, they generally end up putting unsuccessful weight loss efforts, trying pathetic diet plans and strenuous workout sessions, which hardly do any good to sagging belly and flaccid arm, while add to frustration and helplessness.

 “The biggest problem with the Indian woman, is that everybody in the family take priority over herself. This results in a ‘chalta hai’ attitude towards the health of the woman by her own conditioning. Changing this attitude can be key to a woman channeling her energy towards herself, which may seem selfish, but in the long run her health is the driver of overall health in the family,” says Ryan Fernando, nutritionist.  So, is there any way out? Certainly yes Don’t need to fret anymore; here are some healthy weight loss mantras?

Keep a check on your metabolism - Basal Metabolic Rate is the energy used by a person while inactive. Imagine burning away those unsightly inches while you rest. Agents in chillies and pepper help in increasing BMR. So next time, choose a spicy dish over a sweet one. Exercising also helps in increasing BMR.

Fibre is your friend - increasing intake of fibre (undigested part of food) will keep you feeling full for long making it easier for you to resist many temptations.

Ban the lift - You must have heard the slogan ‘Lift the ban’ but it’s time to ban the lift. Use stairs whenever possible and sweat away those calories.

Gym responsibly - Excessive gymming leads to muscle and water loss. Muscles play an active role in increasing the BMR. Hence safeguard them and gym responsibly. Ask for a weight maintenance program - weight loss must be followed by a weight maintenance plan too because that is when the real challenge is.

Choose a healthy organic supplement - Supplements help in speeding up your efforts at weight loss. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, organic supplements ensure a holistic weight loss.


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