HEARTBEATS : Obese, Are You?

Weight management is a multi-million business opportunity.  Sedentary life-styles as a result of technological development reducing physical exertion and increasing convenience, in the midst of changing food habits leading to rampant indulgence in deprivation of sleep, and overall change in the physical intake of food, makes the health-care process a complicated affair in the modern society.  Today we have to compulsorily rely on external help to maintain our health like a gym, health equipments, a guided and scheduled exercise programme, a proper diet preferably on the advice of a professional dietitian, and so on, have become imminent, because it has almost become impossible to have a disciplined, and a controlled life to keep obesity away.

In fact obesity is a psychological problem rather than physical.  Firstly you may be a person loving tasty food, and you are not able to control your longing for it.   It is not generally governed by appetite, but rather a psychological problem.  Secondly when you control your intake of food as a part of a diet programme, when you take food after a long gap of dieting, you naturally tend to have acute inclination to consume more. Thirdly, when you munch junk food for one reason or the other, they wont generally fill your stomach, they end up becoming actually additional quota over and above the regular intake.

Today’s life-styles demand your routines making you so busier that there is no time to maintain a schedule of sleep, food intakes, and an exercise programme.  People who spend hours in the gym, are also getting fatal heart attacks.  Findings are that it is due to the deprived sleep and excessive stress level.  A small study in the US reveals that deprivation of sleep activates the chemical pattern in the brain enhancing the attraction towards junk food enjoyment with intake of marijuana. Study shows that restricted sleep may trigger longing for munches later in the day, activating the chemicals that regulate hunger and pleasure.

A simple formula we can follow is to restrict intake of food items to a total of ten in a day, with average 100 calories each.  This of course is a thump rule calculation which has more practical value than scientific.  This may suffice the energy requirements of a sedentary life style, and another 500 calories if you follow an active life-style, of course, a dietician may be consulted to fix your diet in accordance with the activity level involved.  On top of this, we can follow the 6s principle of good health by avoiding (1) Sweet, (2) Saturated fat (fried items), and (3) Salt Moderation, while including (1) Salads, (2) Sports (exercise), and (3) spiritual activities (meditation/prayer/visit to holy places) in our daily life.  In fact avoiding consumption of sweet, fried items, and regulated consumption of salt intake, will automatically control your weight, and including a regular exercise programme, at least half an hour walk, and following a meditative and vegetarian life-style to keep stress levels under control, will be more effective and yielding better results than any other external dependency.