The Simple Truthobesity[1]

The core reason people become overweight or obese is fairly simple:

If you take in more calories than are required by your body on a daily basis (known as “energy imbalance”), those surplus calories will be converted into fat.

What is a Calorie?

A calorie isn’t actually a tangible thing; it’s a unit of measurement.

A calorie measures the energy in food and beverages we take in. We all need that energy to live. Everything we do relies on the energy that comes in the form of calories

Calories In/Calories Out

When you take in more calories than your BMR requires, those excess calories turn into excess weight. Think of your incoming and outgoing calories as a checking account that must be balanced. When you eat and drink, the food or beverage’s calories are either used or banked.

If you do not spend the calories efficiently, the “extra income” is stored in your body as fat. Your fat cells grow and multiply … and you gain weight.

Successful Weight Management Requires a Sustainable Diet

The only guaranteed way of normalizing weight is to follow a diet plan that teaches you the sort of healthy eating habits which you can sustain over the long term – meaning, not just for the period of the diet, but afterwards as well. These diets are likely to be in the calorie range 1200-1600 calories, with a strong focus on nutrient-dense foods, and incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Point is, in practice, many bad eating habits develop as a result of eating insufficient fruit and veg, and too many highly refined sweet/fatty foods in meals and snacks. Learning to replace these refined foods with more natural, higher fiber foods is an important step to controlling blood sugar, appetite and all sorts of cravings that lead to overeating. Unfortunately, swapping your regular muffin or bowl of ice cream for a piece of fruit, or your fries for basmati rice, is not an easy thing to do. It needs a certain amount of adjustment which takes time to achieve. And if you are constantly on the lookout for an “easy” weight loss solution or a “miracle” diet, it makes the whole process more difficult if not impossible. I know hundreds of young overweight women who spent a decade or more searching in vain for such weight loss gimmicks and who are now seriously obese.

Exercise is Crucial for Weight Management

Learning to enjoy physical exercise is critical for both weight loss and weight maintenance. Active individuals have a more efficient metabolism and a lower risk of ill-health, stress and overweight, than sedentary people. However, like changing our diet, it is not easy to change our sedentary habits overnight. Once again, it takes time to adjust. Indeed, in my experience, dieters who start a drastic exercise campaign rarely manage to maintain it for long. If you are unfit or unused to physical exercise, a good approach is to set aside (say) 20 minutes a day, then gradually increase this to 45-60 minutes a day. Slowly increasing exercise-intensity is also highly beneficial. Even if you lose weight without the need for exercise, don’t be fooled into thinking that physical activity is unnecessary. One of the big benefits of fitness training is that it minimizes the amount of muscle tissue we lose, which is crucial for long term weight control.

Obesity Treatment by Acupuncture

It has been reported that acupuncture application in obesity treatment is effective in procuring weight loss. Inserting acupuncture needles superficially into various parts of the body can facilitate weight loss by up to 4-6 Kg. /month without any side effect and giving the person a feeling of well-being which can suppress the desire for excess food. Acupuncture also can stimulate metabolism and thereby enable the body to utilize food efficiently instead of storing it as fat. It can affect appetite, intestinal motility, and metabolism, as well as emotional factors such as stress.

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