About Weight Management

Hello good people, I am inspired today to write about the management of overweight. Of course, it has become a medico-social condition and it can be managed or most importantly prevented. My focus in this write-up is about managing rather than preventing it. I promise to dedicate another write up on how we can prevent being overweight.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions after reading this and if you are willing to share your or a story about this topic, please do so. Enjoy:
Type 2 diabetes is fast becoming not only a medical, but social menace. It is one condition that is commonly talked about these days in the media. It is the most common form of diabetes. It was previously thought to affect only older, overweight people, but it is now being seen more often in younger people. It is imperative to say that not all overweight people have type 2 diabetes, but medically, they can be said to be predisposed to developing it. And not all type 2 diabetics are overweight. There are lots of other factors that can cause overweight. Living a sedentary lifestyle is a sure one.
The terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to body weight that’s greater than what is considered healthy for a certain height. The most useful measure of overweight and obesity is body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated from your height and weight.
Overweight is having more body fat than is optimally healthy. Being overweight is common especially where food supplies are plentiful and lifestyles are sedentary. Excess weight has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults reportedly being either overweight or obese as of 2003. The trend has persisted. Previously thought to be an issue only in the developed world, but I tend to disagree as it is now common place to see apparently overweight people, young and old in the so-called developing countries nowadays, especially among the effluents.
There are lots of approaches and programmes for the management of overweight. Dieting is one approach that is common and mostly abused either as a stand-alone programme or combined with other modalities.
Dieting for weight loss is the most unsuccessful health intervention in all of medicine. It is said that over 90 percent of people who have lost 11kg or more will return to their previous weight within the year. Worse still, many weight loss programmes (dieting only) contribute to obesity. The truth that has emerged from the last decade of research is that diet alone won’t help people achieve permanent weight loss.
What will? The active Life (not necessarily vigorous exercises) combined with healthy food choices and life-style behavioural change is the answer to lifelong weight control. Activity maintains or builds the lean tissue (muscle) that has the capability to burn calories. Diet, by itself leads to loss of muscle and a reduction in daily caloric expenditure, resulting in increased storage of fat.
The point being made is that the most effective approach to managing overweight is by a combination programme which may include dieting. The pillar of such a programme, research has shown is behavioural change.
Behavioural change has been known to be a task that is not easily achieved. It requires commitment, dedication and some form of motivation or drive. These attributes in themselves needs to be sustained throughout the course of the task.
The good news is, for any overweight individual who have decided to make the choice of the most effective programme to manage their weight and take control of it, there are experts who will work with you all through your journey, not only assisting you in your commitment, dedication and motivation but also helping you to sustain them until you achieve your desired healthy weight.
This expert is a Wellness coach!!!

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