5 Easy Ways Out Of Obesity

Mar 12, 2018,

What to Know about Obesity

Obesity is a worldwide problem; it is not just because people eat a lot of carbohydrates, but your choice of lifestyle! Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, too.

Now that should not make you comfortable, simply because anyone in the world can suffer it. Obesity is gradually creeping in as an epidemic and has huge problems associated with it. Trust me, you don’t want to go through series of health risk, so read on.

Some of you might be familiar with the popular wrestler, “Yokozuna”. For those who loved WWF (World Wrestling Federation) you’ll recall the very big guy, who intimidated his opponents with his size in his wrestling matches. Unfortunately, his size paid off in helping him win a lot of times but did not win in long life – that same obese nature cost him his life.

On October 23, 2000, Yokozuna died from pulmonary edema in his room at the Moat House Hotel in Liverpool, England, while on an independent wrestling tour in Europe. At the time, it was widely reported that he died of heart failure or a heart attack, but this was later found to be incorrect due to his lungs showing severe signs of blockage due to fluid. His weight at the time of his death was 580 lb (260 kg). A whooping 260kg! you don’t want to weigh that or even get close to it.

Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, it is a health hazard. It has been linked to diseases such as; various heart diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma.

One does not need to be as big as Yokozuna to be considered obese, one would be considered obese when one’s Body Mass Index is greater than 30kg/m2. Now let me throw some light on BMI:

The BMI is calculated using your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. Normal BMI is 18.5 -24.5kg/m2, underweight is less than 18.5kg/m2, overweight is 25-29.5kg/m2, greater than 30kg/m2 is actually obesity.                   

So, how does one get out of this health hazard?

As we continue to modernize our lifestyles, such as riding bikes, driving  cars instead of walking, sitting to watch TV all day long, lying down always while chatting online or listening to music instead of engaging in sport activities, more and more people will become overweight and end up obese. So here are few tips to help you out of obesity:

  • Keep fit/Exercise

It’s a known fact that regular physical activities help to burn excess and build the muscles. This would help you look fit and feel good about yourself. It may also be of help to have a routine when it comes to exercises as this may help the body adjust perfectly over time. While some may consider registering in a gym, it is not compulsory. You can have these physical activities included in your daily routine. They include, taking the stairs instead of a lift, riding a bicycle, walking that short distance instead of riding in a car, skipping, yoga, playing around with the kids burns fat while building family ties.

And if you want to add some muscles, increase the strength of your exercises! Just know your limits, you can choose to work out daily, twice in or thrice in a week.

  • Whatever you do, don’t miss breakfast!

It is just like when you have to jump start a faulty vehicle, having breakfast helps to kick-start your metabolism so that you won’t be running on an empty fuel. When you skip breakfast, your body’s metabolism changes, cortisol is released to help cope with the stress of hunger. The downside of this is that it increases the quantity of fat in your abdomen, thereby increasing your weight.

Moreover, it has been shown that people who skip breakfast tend to eat more as the day progress.

Don’t skip your breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day, and like you might have heard eat like a kind during your breakfast and a like a servant in the later part of the day.

  • Please eat only when you are hungry!

People who eat on-the-go store up excess fat which they don’t need immediately. Consider people who are able to maintain their body weight and you would find out that they only eat when they are hungry. Eating only when your body demands it is an excellent way to avoid obesity. Don’t eat if you’re not hungry. Needless snacking will stall your weight loss.

For example taking nuts. It is very easy to snack on nuts until it is finished, regardless of how full you are. According to some research, salted nuts are harder to stop eating compared to unsalted nuts. If you like nuts I am sure you will understand how tempting they are, but here is a tip: never take the entire nut to watch your TV show, a handful is fine, preferably choose a small bowl so you eat less. Again, don't forget, if you are not hungry, don’t eat!

  • Water truly doesn’t have enemies - It is friendly, make it your friend!

Drink lots of water. There is a lot of good water does to our bodies than we can describe. It is so sad that many people confuse thirst with hunger. And it also important that you drink water when you are thirsty rather than those sugary beverages such as soda, juice drinks, sport drinks, energy drinks, alcohol; they only increase the propensity to be obese. Make sure you drink about 8-10 glasses of water per day as this can go a long way to detoxify the body.

Drinking water helps the balance of body fluids. Your body is composed of nearly 60% of water and the function of fluids in your body is very important for absorption, circulation, digestion, transportation of nutrients, formation of saliva and of course to maintain the body temperature. The benefits of drinking water is numerous and helps to avoid overweight and obesity, so help yourself put sugary drinks out of sight and make water the number one drink of choice anytime and anywhere.

  • Schedule a visit to your doctor!

Having a routine medical checkup at least once a year is a very brilliant idea. This allows you to keep your body in its optimum shape. Just as the way we service our fuel powered possessions such as cars and generators, our bodies need to be checked as well. Your BMI would be measured; you would be screened for other related diseases such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia and diabetes which have been strongly associated with obesity.

If you need our expert guide to losing weight and getting over obesity call us on 0700 770 7000 or email contact@talktomedoc.com. We are reachable on the app too. 

 

 

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