THE SECRET OF ALL SECRETS- GRADUAL WEIGHT REDUCTION IS THE WAY TO GO

Now a days, people are getting very aware about their health issues. Weight reduction is like a trend of today’s world. With the increase in sedentary life style, body weight is also going to increase and it’s becoming a big problem as well. Obesity and sedentary life style is the major cause of several degenerative diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

Weight reduction is definitely one of the best solution of so many health issues although this thing is going in different direction. Modern lifestyles dictate speed, everyone is in a great hurry. We need quick results for all, that’s why we always explore shortcuts to our problem. But to achieve the results, it’s the other way round. Slow is the way to go. As it has been rightly said :

“ It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
  • Confucius

Few days back, I read a news about a DEADLY DIET SCHEDULE by a Stunning bodybuilder, aged 25, who dies after her body fails to break down strict diet of protein supplements and egg whites (https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/4238083/stunning-bodybuilder-25-is-killed-by-her-strict-diet-of-protein-shakes-and-egg-whites/). Is it really very important for everyone to reduce weight??

If people are overweight, it’s usually because they eat and drink more calories than they need. A person’s weight is the result of many things — height, genes, metabolism, behavior, and environment. Maintaining a healthy weight requires keeping a balance; a balance of energy. You must balance the calories you get from food and beverages with the calories you use to keep your body going and being physically active.

Your energy IN and OUT doesn’t have to balanced every single day. It’s the balance over time that will help you to maintain a healthy weight in the long run.

For many people, this balance means eating fewer calories and increasing their physical activity. Cutting back on calories is a matter of choice. Making healthy food choices that are lower in fats, especially saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, added sugars, and salt can help you cut back on calories, as can paying attention to portion sizes.

To be successful at losing weight, you need to adopt a new lifestyle. This means making changes such as eating healthy foods, being more physically active, and learning how to change behaviour. Over time, these changes will become routine. But for some of us, these lifestyle changes don’t work no matter how hard we try. Weight loss medications and weight loss surgery can be options, but are recommended only for people who are at an increased risk of overweight or obesity.

The dieting cycle is a trap that many people get caught in after repeated attempts at ‘dieting’ or restricting food intake to lose weight. With new diet trends constantly cycling through the media, it can be difficult to sort through the many health claims, fads, and scams. Juice cleanses, diet pills, metabolism boosting ingredients, lists of good foods versus bad foods — all of these things are the propelling force behind a vicious dieting cycle and dangerous health risks. (https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/body-image/dangers-of-fad-diets).

Sometimes body image is negatively impacted by one or more significant events. For example, a gymnast who is continually chided by her coach and fellow athletes to lose a little weight, may develop a deeply ingrained and long standing dissatisfaction with her body, no matter how thin she becomes.

Body image concerns and eating disorders go hand in hand. Often, it is the early dissatisfaction with a young person’s appearance that leads them to conclude that losing weight would enhance their appearance, and make them feel better about themselves and their bodies.

Thus, restrictive eating and over exercising are often next, frequently leading to patterns of disordered eating and weight obsession that can develop into anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder. (https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/body-image).

If you have frequently turned to the latest diet fads in an attempt to control your weight, be aware of the following signs. These red flags may indicate that dieting behaviors are leading towards the slippery slope of an eating disorder:

  • Weight loss, exercise, dieting, and body image becomes an obsession
  • Purging methods are utilized in attempt for weight loss, including self-induced vomiting, laxatives, or diet pills
  • Restrictive calorie levels or limited foods on a diet lead to episodes of binge eating
  • For women, loss of menstrual periods
  • Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”
  • Feeling out of control during a binge or eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness
  • Refraining from social activities and usual friends to avoid situations involving food

If you or your loved one has been suffering with anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorder, and outpatient sessions are not enough, treatment centres are the next level of care. Because of the severity of the nature of eating disorders, the complexity of their care, and often co-occurring disorder choosing the right eating disorder centre is a paramount step in successful recovery and the promotion of overall healing.

Now getting back to the paramount question, Is it really very important to reduce weight for everyone???

My answer is ‘No’, because weight reduction is important, but our motive is to achieve healthy body weight with BMI ( Body mass index)in between 18.5 and 24.9, which is recommended weight range for your height. But your health may still be at risk if you are not getting regular physical activity and practicing healthy eating with no further health issues rather than becoming lean and thin. You can change the amount of lean mass on your frame by building muscle and losing fat. It takes time and effort to build the tissue, but you end up looking healthier, feeling stronger and having more stamina.

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