Friday, December 28, 2012


When it comes to shedding those extra kilos, only exercise won't suffice. You also need to follow a balanced and healthy diet with due consideration to what your weight management goals are. 

How much harm does a skipped meal cause to the body? 

Skipping a meal is not the treatment for obesity. The body's metabolism slows down in starvation due to which it goes into a conservation mode and hence it's a natural process of the body to expend lesser energy. 

Besides, an empty stomach for a long period of time also causes increased acidity and discomfort. 

Are all weight loss medications simply hoaxes? 

Appropriate pharmacotherapy can augment diet, physical activity, and behavior therapy as treatment for people patients with a high BMI. 

Medication used in treating obese people will suppress appetite, reduce fat absorption, increase energy expenditure, dieuresis, or increase the metabolic rate. 

Common side effects of medication are dryness of mouth, headache, or constipation. 

Medications for weight loss have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA). 

Some medication inhibits gastric lipase (enzyme) which reduced fats absorption from food. 

Pharmacotherapy is not a magic pill to cure obesity. A medication without lifestyle modification is ineffective. 

Besides medication, meal replacements are becoming very common; they are designed to be a part of a low calorie diet. The goal of using meal replacements is to provide structure and replace other foods likely to be higher in calorie content. 

What role does exercise play in healthy weight loss? 

Excess body fatness is a result of an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. Physical activity is an extremely important part of any weight-management program. 

Exercise helps to balance the loss of LBM (Lean Body Mass). Numerous other positive side effects include strengthening cardiovascular integrity, increasing sensitivity to insulin, and expending additional energy and therefore calories. 

A combination of aerobic and resistance training is recommended. Resistance training increases LBM. 

Fat is burned from the largest concentrations of adipose tissue. Consistency is key to realizing the health and weight management benefits of exercise. 

Diet is the key factor in weight loss programme; there are many other factors which influence weight loss. 

A regular program of physical activity should be adopted by the dieter. The program should consist of simply brisk walk daily, or jogging, swimming, bicycling, sports, or a combination of activities. This would aid in both caloric expenditure and to tone and strengthen muscles. 

If there was one weight loss tip you could make a person follow, what would it be? 

Portion control - Always watch the quantities you are eating, in the long run it will not only help you prevent weight gain but would also aid in weight loss. 

How does alcohol feature in weight loss plans? 

Remember, alcohol in any form has calories - about 7Kcal per gms. Over and above alcohol is considered empty calories since it has no vitamins and minerals 

There is always a tendency to consume high fat foods along with alcohol like cheese, nuts, chips or kebabs. 

Hence be cautious when consuming alcohol. 

Wine is sweet and contains calories from sugar too. 

Alcohol is directly absorbed from the stomach unlike your macronutrients. 

What are the foods one must completely avoid to lose weight? 

There is no food that one should completely avoid since the body requires a certain amount of all nutrients, even fats as in essential fatty acids, carbohydrates for glucose, proteins for amino acids to build tissues and wear and tear, also a whole range of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. 

Eat a balanced diet when you are trying to lose weight so that you only lose weight and not health.

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