The current new age is the era of dreaming big…be it in terms of big-screen gadgets or big houses…bigger lifestyles etc…but this trend becomes disturbing if it is reflected around our waists. Unfortunately, weight issues are becoming common and more and more people are overweight or obese.
Think about your body fat, not just your BMI
Till now BMI was considered as an acceptable measure of assessing health. However, BMI only considers height and weight. It does not take into account how much is the weight of your muscle and how much is fat. Being overweight or obese is directly related to "fat". It is this fat that adds to our girth and leads to a host of health concerns like high cholesterol, blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and many more. But when people consider losing weight they forget that it is this "excess fat" that they should lose and not focus on just weight. Diet books and crash weight loss programmes are available in abundance, however unfortunately they do not appear to be making a dent in obesity statistics. This is because the dieters who are lured towards these fast loss ideas focus on losing weight and not the 'fat'. Most of them are not sustainable in the long run and hence most dieters end up gaining all the lost weight.
So is weight management really such a weighty issue?
Not really! You can maintain your weight by incorporating the right lifestyle habits like regular exercise, focusing on losing excess fat, practising moderation and making informed choices about the food that you eat.
Many people go on crash diets or liquid diets to lose weight but this type of dieting can have serious repercussions on health because they may lead to nutritional deficiencies. Weight management is not really about dieting but about eating right and eating smaller portions. You become what you choose to eat. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions that are packed with energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. Nutritionally balanced meals can help you feel your best and look your best too. Avoid intake of fried snacks, sugary drinks, bakery products and instant meals. Thus "moderate, not eliminate" is the right way to a nutritional weight management plan. In addition, consuming certain nutritional or nutraceutical supplements with well-proven, scientific benefits can also help to manage weight.
Thus Eating Right should not be just a fad but a lifelong habit. Remember small changes can make big differences and losing even a few pounds of weight (fat to be precise) can make a big difference to your health and self-esteem. And if supplements can further help in going from fat to fit one should include them judiciously. So make a fresh start by eating smart.