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Obesity: some home remedies

29/12/2016 11:38
Posted By AOL



What to do when you are obese?

Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health. If a person's bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30 or over you are considered obese.


What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measurement derived from your height and weight. Although it is considered to be a useful way to estimate healthy body weight, it does not measure the percentage of body fat. The BMI measurement can sometimes be misleading - a muscleman may have a high BMI but have much less fat than an unfit person whose BMI is lower. However, in general, the BMI measurement can be a useful indicator for the 'average person'. 



Why do people become obese?

1. Consuming too many calories

These days people are eating much more food than in previous generations. This used to be the case just in developed nations - however, the trend has spread worldwide. Despite billions being spent on public awareness campaigns that attempt to encourage people to eat healthily, the majority of us continue to overeat.

Most people would expect this increase in calories to consist of fat - not so! Most of the increased food consumption has consisted of carbohydrates (sugars). Increased consumption of sweetened drinks has contributed significantly to the raised carbohydrate intake over the last three decades. The consumption of fast-foods has tripled over the same period.

2. Leading a sedentary lifestyle

With the arrival of televisions, computers, video games, remote controls, washing machines, dish washers and other modern convenience devices, people commonly are leading a much more sedentary lifestyle compared to their parents and grandparents. The less you move around the fewer calories you burn. However, this is not only a question of calories. Physical activity has an effect on how your hormones work, and hormones have an effect on how your body deals with food. Physical activity has a beneficial effect on your insulin levels - keeping them stable. Unstable insulin levels are closely associated with weight gain.

3. Not sleeping enough

It seems that if you do not sleep enough your risk of becoming obese doubles. Lack of sleep results in your body producing less Leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite.

4. Other causes

  • There are some medications that make patients put on weight. 
  • Stop smoking can cause weight gain, on average about 6 to 8 pounds.
  • Some studies show that the longer a person is overweight, the harder it becomes to lose weight: when the “normal” body weight starts going up; the bodies’ perception of normal weight becomes a heavier than before.
  • The obesity gene, called FTO. People who carry the FTO gene variant tend to eat too much, prefer high-energy, fatty foods, and are usually obese. They also appear to take much longer to reach satiety (feeling of being full). 


Ayurvedic home remedies 

  •  Mix 1 glass of water with 10 grams of honey and 10 drops of ginger juice. Drink this every morning.
  • Consume more apples.
  • At night drink only 1 glass of lukewarm water and have a light dinner.
  • Avoid eating after 8 pm.
  • Drink water in between meals or after 1.5 hours after meals.
  • 45 minutes to 1 hour walking, every day.
  • Some yoga and breathing techniques are beneficial (Padahatasan, Ushtrasan, Vajrasan, Yog nidra, Savasan, Kanistha, Kapalbhati, Anulombvilomb: ask your yoga trainer).


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