Mommy Makeover India
Posted: Feb 26, 2015
OBESITY AND WOMEN
Abha S. Kashyap
B.S.(Univ. of California), MBA, CSS(Harvard University)
Aesthetic Image Consultant
Obesity is a common word which is seen in a multitude of cosmetic ads; but, it is not just a cosmetic problem, it a health hazard epidemic prevalent among Indian women today. Sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise, rich food, and slow metabolic rates are the major reason why women are falling prey to this epidemic. Over 50 per cent women in major cities, especially in Northern cities are significantly over weight.
There are numerous health problems and medical conditions associated with obesity, such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for a short time during sleep), lower joint problems and asthma.
Some female specific problems of obesity are the following:
Problem 1 - Obesity and Pregnancy - A report presented by the March of Dimes Task Force on Nutrition and Optimal Human Development, in the USA shows women who are overweight or obese are 30% to 40% more likely to deliver a baby with a major birth defect such as those that affect the brain, heart, and digestive system.
Problem 2 - Being overweight or obese was associated with an increased risk of fibromyalgia, a pain disorder, especially among women who also reported low levels of physical exercise.
Problem 3 - Belly fat has been linked to an increased risk for migraines.Earlier research has linked obesity with an increase in the frequency of migraines in people who already have them. A new suggests that obesity raises the overall risk for migraines.
Problem 4 - Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle appear to increase the risk for Breast Cancer, uterine cancer and colon cancer.
Problem 5 - Obesity is associated with an increased risk of infertility.
Several studies have shown health benefits which can be observed with weightloss.A modest weight loss of 2 kg to4.5 kg results in a significant lowering of blood pressure. People with asthma who lost an average of 14 kg over 1 year showed improved lung function, with the number of severe asthma episodes (exacerbations) and oral corticosteroid courses were reduced. People with type 2 diabetes who lost weight had lower blood sugar levels and were able to use less medicine to lower their blood sugar levels.
You can gain significant health benefits from losing weight. SO let’s get started….
? Keep Hydrated: The body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four.
? Push Yourself: Aerobic exercise may not build big muscles, but it can rev up your metabolism in the hours after a workout. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. If you are a walker, try to include short bursts of jogging during your regular walk.
? Move It: The more you move during the day, the more calories you burn. And remember: working out in the morning has the benefit of revving up your metabolism for hours.
? Build More Muscle: Our bodies constantly burn calories, even when we’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. Muscles also help you look good and have a toned body as well.
? Smart Snacking: Eating more often can help you lose weight. When you eat large meals with many hours in between, you train your metabolism to slow down. Having a small meal or snack every 2 to 3 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day.
? Power Up with Protein: The body burns many more calories digesting protein as it uses for fat or carbohydrates. Protein may require almost 25% more energy to digest compared to fat. Eat a balanced diet, replacing some carbs with lean, protein-richfoods whichcan jump-start the metabolism at mealtime.
? Green Tea:Drinking 2 to 4 cups of green tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple hours.
? NOCrash Diets: Anything involving eating fewer than 1,000 calories a day is disastrous.These diets may help you drop pounds with poor nutrition,a high percentage of the loss comes from muscle. The lower your muscle mass, the slower your metabolism. The final result is a body that burns far fewer calories (and gains weight faster) than the one you had before the diet.
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