Obesity

Obesity: How to monitor body weight for weight loss?

With  approximately two-thirds of the adult population being  overweight or obese. its important for everybody to know, what exactly should be ones weight, appropriate for age and gender.  Obesity is linked to many medical, psychological, and social conditions, so  its is important that we keep a check on it.

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The increased prevalence of obesity these days has drawn attention to the worldwide significance of this problem.In the US, approximately two-thirds of the adult population is considered to be overweight or obese. Similar trends are being noticed worldwide.22 Obesity is linked to many medical, psychological, and social conditions, the most devastating of which may be type 2 diabetes.  

1. Identify the type of obesity you have.

A recent study reported six clusters of obese individuals

young healthy females

Women who were obese, but generally had fewer obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes

heavy-drinking males

Men who were obese, but generally had fewer obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes,  but with higher alcohol intake

unhappy and anxious middle-aged

Predominantly women with poor mental health and well being.

affluent and healthy elderly

Generally positive health, but defining characteristics of higher alcohol intake and high blood pressure.

physically sick but happy elderly

Older people with more chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, but good mental health.

poorest health

People who were the most economically deprived and had the greatest number of chronic diseases.

2. Assess your correct weight

BMI Calculator

 

Your BMI is based on a calculation of your weight and height.

The BMI Calculator can help you find out if you need to lose weight and how much weight you need to lose. Knowing this can help you set a weight loss goal.

3. Set realistic goals and stay motivated.

 Progress in your weight loss plan 

Loss of motivation is probably the biggest reason why people lose interest in exercising  or sticking to the diet plan that they have decided. Reason is the failure to get the pleasure of small successes achieved during the weight loss program. Always keep a physical record of the changes in the your weight. With the availability of the Smart Scales keeping tract of your weight has become convenient. Not only these provide additional information like BMI , muscle mass and fat etc, It converts your health related data into trend graphs that help you see your short and long-term changes. The motivation of seeing small incremental changes help you see that you are actually getting results. There is clear scientific evidence that that behaviour change programs can be effective in changing lifestyle risk factors.

Body Fat Distribution

Body fat distribution is a strong metabolic and cardiovascular risk factor. 

Accumulation of fat in the upper body (abdominal region) is associated with the development of obesity-related comorbidities and even all-cause mortality. In contrast, recent population studies have shown that accumulation of fat in the lower body ( gluteo-femoral region) is associated with a protective lipid and glucose profile as well as a decrease in cardiovascular and metabolic disease prevalence after adjustment for total body fat mass. 

Body Composition Monitor:

 These machines provide correct estimate of weight, total body fat, total muscle mass, basal metabolic rate (BMI). it also allows the user to assess subcutaneous fat ( underneath skin) and visceral fat (tummy).

Graphical representation of the data help in understanding it better and the record provides a continuous oversight over the weight changes. It also allows the user to decide which type of weight loss regimen the user should adapt for best results

It cannot be emphasized enough that there are numerous benefits of exercise:

Just to name a few

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Better control of weight
  • Increased level of good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Leaner, stronger muscles
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better control of weight
  • Increased level of good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Leaner, stronger muscles

Concluding :

 Regular and accurate weight assessment record keeping of weight changes is important for setting realistic weight reduction targets and achieving them.

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