Subsequent to festive seasons, it is normal to put on some extra weight and people tend to make New Year resolutions to lose those extra calories. However, losing weight not only requires commitment and willpower, but also certain ways that have already been proved successful. Maintaining weight helps in increasing life span and also healthier life. Excessive weight can result in various diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, and fertility issues.
Body mass index (BMI) provides a perfect measure for majority of the population. BMI between 22.5 and 25 is considered healthiest, 30-35 BMI index reduces life expectancy by 2-4 years and 40-45 BMI index reduces it by 8-10 years. Vascular disease is among a major cause of death in obese people.
“People need to think about moderation all the time. Weight loss involves adjusting lifestyle, diet and calorie intake, whilst overcoming the psychological barriers too,” said Aisling Pigott, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association. She added that going on diet doesn’t mean ‘cutting out’ this food, and ‘never again’ having that food, instead enjoy a healthier food plan, which restricts certain types of food. It makes dieting much easier, she stated.
First of all, eating patterns should be stabilized. It indicates fixing time of eating, rather than eating at will. Hunger remains under control with appropriate food plan. Secondly, make small and easily attainable modifications in lifestyle to reduce weight. However, only realistic and attainable goals should be made.