Health & Medicine

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 13:34


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Obesity is a medical condition that happens when a person carries excess weight that might affect your health.  Body mass index (BMI) is a tool that doctors use to see if a person has the appropriate weight for their age, height and sex.  A BMI of between 25 and 29.9 indicates that a person is carrying excess weight.  Obesity is diagnosed when your BMI is 30 or higher.  Obesity can increase the risk of developing a number of health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some types of cancer. Obesity results from a combination of contributing factors and causes. 

These can include:Leading a sedentary lifestyle:  Many of people lead a much more sedentary lifestyle than their grandparents and parents did.  A sedentary lifestyle involves little or no physical activity at all. 

Not getting enough sleep:  Missing out on some sleep can increase the risks of gaining weight and developing obesity.  Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity because it can lead to hormonal changes that increase one’s appetite.  Lack of sleep also results in a lower production of leptin, a hormone that supresses the appetite.

Eating a lot of processed food:  People gain weight mostly because they are constantly eating processed foods.  Eating food that does not provide you with the nutrition that you need has a negative effect on your body.  Examples of processed foods include cakes, muffins and biscuits and pastries.

Genetics:    Genes can contribute to obesity; however, they don’t predict future health as both genes and behaviour are needed for a person to become overweight.  Multiple genes may increase a person’s susceptibility for obesity along with other outside factors.  Obesity risk is higher for a person with a family history as opposed to a person with no family history of obesity.

Consuming too many calories:  When people consume more calories than they use as energy, their bodies store the extra calories as fat which can cause obesity and excess weight. 

Food that tends to increase the risks of weight gain include: 

  • Processed meat
  • Fast food
  • Foods with added sugar such as baked goods
  • Sugary sodas, alcoholic drinks and juices
  • Fried foodDairy products
  • Canned and packaged food items
  • Processed, high-carb foods.  ₁

With some efforts to eat right and exercise as well as self-determination, you can help prevent yourself from getting obese says Gert Coetzee, Pharmacist and Diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About.  Below he lists some hints and tips that can help decrease the risks of obesity.

Consume foods that are high in fiber: Food that is high in fiber helps you feel full throughout the day which results in less calorie intake.  Fiber slows down digestion, meaning that it will keep your blood glucose levels stable for an extended period of time.

Examples of foods high in fiber include:

  • Fruits (oranges, apples, raspberries and strawberries)
  • Vegetables (dark, green leafy ones are the best options)
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Grains

Start exercising:  Being physically active is one of the best ways to reduce obesity.  Home exercises or going to the gym are great for the body and mind.  Develop a consistent exercising programme that works for you.

Stay away from take-awaysNothing beats a home cooked meal.  Eating home-made meals will limit you from consuming junk food which is normally full of fats and carbs.  You also become more aware of what you eat which helps you make wiser and healthier food choices.

Stay hydrated:  It is recommended to drink eight glasses a day.  Water is known as a great detoxifying agent, so it will help flush out all the toxins that might contribute to weight gain. 

Pick your fats wisely:  Picking the right types of fats to consume is one of the most important factors in reducing the risks of obesity.  Unsaturated fats are the best to go with.  These include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risks of obesity.

The best oils to include in your diet are:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil

For more information or if you’d like to join The Diet Everyone Talks About:
Tel: (016) 362 4890
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Twitter:                @dietsa
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Notes to the Editor
The Diet Everyone Talks About is a scientific carbohydrate controlled 10-week lifestyle programme that is only accessible at select pharmacies and beauty clinics by professional clinicians and has been utilised by people for 30 years.When you attend your first meeting with the clinician you will be weighed, your BMI (body mass index) will be calculated, and a guideline of what foods you can eat as well as what must be eaten in moderation will be drawn up for you. During this consultation, the clinician will also discuss relevant and sensitive matters such as why you are overweight and how much weight you could expect to lose. These weekly meetings with the clinician, as well as having weekly weight loss goals will assist you in staying motivated and staying on the diet programme.

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