The obesity crisis was not caused by a single factor. Unfortunately, like the perfect storm, many events come together in sequence to result in this health emergency tidal wave; Such is the #ObesityCrisis. To date, the obesity crisis and our lack of understanding has destroyed the quality of life of millions of Americans. The lack of: Nutrition education - What the body needs and gets [...]
Fitness, Exercise and Weight Management
Read articles packed with information about healthy eating and exercise that can positively impact your weight management goals.
Ensure you are eating at least 3 servings from each of the five food groups – see our food chart in another article. Eating food that is high in fiber i.e. grains, fruits and vegetables are good for you. Apart from giving wholesome nutrients, it ensures you are not constipated. Combine your food with low-fat milk and low cholesterol cooking oil. Make dramatic reductions in [...]
Fitness and Weight Management What is weight management? Weight management is all of these things: Attempt to lose fat without losing muscle. Attempt to gain muscle without gaining fat. Attempt to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Eating a nutritionally perfect diet that complements your weight management effort. Practicing a lifestyle that complements your weight management effort. The reality is that most [...]
Healthy Eating and Fitness go Hand-in-Hand It is common knowledge that healthy eating and fitness of the body is the secret to good health and longevity. But, due to our hectic lifestyles, we often ignore this simple truth and end up feeling tired with hardly any energy to make it through the day. But if you truly wish to change this bad situation for the [...]
Healthy Eating and Exercise Plan Getting started on healthy eating and exercise plan Healthy eating is about creating a healthy eating plan that meets all your daily caloric needs (roughly 1,800 - 2,000 calories). Most people assume that eating healthy is all about eating adequate servings from each of the five food groups. This would be true in a general sense but there would be [...]
Healthy Exercise and Eating Exercise is considered such an important part of life that the US Department of Agriculture put it on the Food Guide Pyramid. Healthy exercise and eating complement each other and are absolutely vital to weight loss programs as well as to maintain ideal weight. Regular exercise along with healthy eating improves the quality of life as well as your physical fitness. [...]
Adolescent Weight Management and Fitness Are your kids growing up well? Are they healthy and strong or are they just growing vertically (and often horizontally too)? What are your son's or daughter's diet requirements? Are they receiving adequate amount of calories or are you worried they might be gorging on the wrong type of calories i.e. empty calories from sodas or overdoses of calories from [...]
Losing weight can be difficult; with so many diet plans out there, most of us feel overwhelmed at the choice. A good diet plan is one which fuels your body, makes you feel good and helps you avoid the hunger pangs by eating healthy foods
it doesn’t really matter what you count. Now, all that I’ve learned in my professional training as well as my considerable experience in dealing with weight loss issues point out to two facts that can be carved in stone – (a) All healthy food is good for us and (b) you cannot have weight loss without there being a calorie deficit.
Everyone has a bad day and these ‘bad days’ come quite frequently. The moment you start thinking about whatever reason is making your day bad, it begins to assume a larger-than-life image of its own and hinders your ability to think straight. As a dieter wanting to lose weight, tell yourself that imperfection is okay.
Why incentives are so important in achieving our weight loss goals? For any fat loss or weight loss or diet plan to have even the slightest chance of success, you need to counter the attraction of junk food or large quantities of food with equally strong incentive. In a nutshell, you need to ask and understand how you will benefit from losing weight.
Many people say they’ve tried everything but nothing worked - some or the other weight loss diet plan, exercise, dieting... Let's analyze and identify the reasons why we often don’t achieve our weight loss goals and in doing so, hopefully, induce you to try again. Clinically speaking, any reason you put forth for having given up your weight loss plan would fall into one of these three categories:
Just as people take a pill for a headache and expect the headache to vanish a few minutes after the pill has entered the stomach, so too people expect a kind of miracle weight management formula that makes their excess weight vanish within days if not within minutes. Unfortunately, the way fat is accumulated within our bodies precludes the possibility that there will ever be a safe quick-fix for obese people.
The speed breaker to successful weight loss is not hard to find and in all cases it was the same – commitment or rather, the lack of it. We are used to eating pizzas, ice creams, French fries, burgers and so on. These foods have become a habit. Our body is used to it and you have cravings. I say don’t fight it.
To whatever extent possible, ensure that your calories come from nutritious food. But what is ‘nutritious’ food? It is food that contains elements required by our body and food that is also body-friendly. The elements I speak of are commonly known as vitamins and minerals.
If I were to ask any of my clients to explain the term "body weight", 9 out of 10 would say “it’s whatever the bathroom scale displays” (or some variation of it). And if I were to probe further and ask “what is weight reduction” the answer I get is “reducing my weight”. They couldn’t have been further away from the truth. First task is to understand body weight and body fat and how they are different.
9 out of 12 people who walk into my consultancy want to talk about weight reduction. When I say “don’t you mean weight management?” the usual response is, “yea, but I want to reduce weight”. So in my blog post today, I won’t refer to weight management. Incidentally, weight management is the correct way to go about reducing weight but I’ll give that a skip for today. Understanding the relation between food and weight...
On any given day I get at least one client who walks into my clinic and says he (or she) is 40 years old, has maintained the same levels of physical activity for the past 10 years but of late has been putting on some weight. They’re not eating more nor have they reduced their activity level so what is going on? The answer to this complex sounding question is actually quite simple – as we grow older, we need fewer calories.
Believe it or not, crash dieting takes the biggest toll on the water reserves in our body. Not only is crash dieting totally wrong and misleading, the loss of water on account of crash dieting can reach dangerous proportions. Drop in body weight is not the same as reduction in body fat...
Today I write about motivation because over the years, I have come to understand that everything that we do or do not do is motivated by a strong desire to be happy. Healthy eating will help us manage our weight and be happy.