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What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition of the body when the weight is 20 % or more above the desirable body weight. It is an established fact that obesity is deleterious to health and is related to increased risk of diabetes, heart diseases, gall stones, stroke, insulin resistance and other degenerative diseases. Hamstrings as a professional in Weight Loss, addresses the serious problem of obesity through its comprehensive weight loss programme planned on scientific principles and delivered through a team of qualified and experienced professionals.

What is the difference between being overweight and being obese?

Determining whether someone is overweight or obese is often determined by assessing a person’s body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio between weight and height. If your BMI falls between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight. If your BMI is 30 or higher, you are considered obese. Use the BMI calculator to determine whether you are a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.

What are the health risks of obesity?

Being obese puts you at risk for a number of preventable diseases and conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder disease, breathing problems, certain types of cancer, chronic back pain, and osteoarthritis. Obesity may also take a toll on self-esteem and contribute to depression.

Why is obesity a growing problem?

Obesity is spreading in many countries because of changes in the way we live, work, and play. Many of our jobs have become less physically demanding, but we seem to have less and less time available to devote to physical activity and exercise. We drive more and walk less. We spend many more hours than we ever have sitting in front of screens – watching television, playing video games, browsing the internet, or engaging with our mobile devices. Our habits around food have changed, too, as we eat bigger and bigger portions of less healthful foods.

What should my desirable weight be?

The simplest formula to know your desirable body weight is to subtract 100 from your height (centimetres). i.e. Desirable Body Weight (Kg) = Height (cm) – 100, plus or minus 15% for women and 10% for men Eg. if your height is 160 cm your weight has to be around 160-100=60 Kg. At Hamstrings, we assess your body composition of total and segmental distribution of fat and lean body mass and determine your health status in terms of your BMR, BMI, WHR. All the parameters are indicative of the interventions to be directed to achieve the desirable body weight.

If I am not sweating will I reduce weight?

Sweating has nothing to do with losing weight, sweating is the physiological response of human body to maintain its temperature. When you exercise, you burn the calories, your body temperature increases and you sweat. However, if you have less active sweat glands, you may not sweat but you will still lose weight.

Is it better to exercise at high intensity for shorter periods, or lower intensity for longer periods?

Experts say: A little of both or whatever works for you.

The best way to lose weight is to exercise consistently. If a higher intensity workout leaves you unmotivated or exhausted, work at the intensity that will keep you coming back. Remember, weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.

Does eating before bed make you gain weight?

Experts say: Depends on what you eat.

Weight loss does ultimately come down to calories in versus calories burned. So eating a small healthy snack late at night will not interfere with weight loss, unless you’re consuming more calories than you need for the day. But the experts point out that usually, those who get the urge to hit the fridge late at night are more likely to reach for something unhealthy – in large quantities.

Does eating breakfast help you lose weight?

Experts say: Yes.

There is no better way to get your metabolism moving than eating a healthy breakfast. Food actually increases your metabolic rate, and skipping breakfast can make your body think it’s going to be starved- sending it into “conserve” mode and slowing your metabolism down.

Do diet pills work?

Experts say: Nope.

No diet pill can solve the problem of weight loss. You might lose weight in the short term, but to keep if off you really need to make lifestyle changes. Furthermore, diet pills can have unpleasant or unsafe side effects.

How many meals a day should you eat to lose weight?

Experts say: Three to six meals per day.

Eating five small meals a day and is adamant that you should not skip one. This five meal ideal will keep your metabolism burning brightly, and your brain will enjoy a steady source of fuel.

Can a person put on weight by drinking excessive water?

Experts say: Nope.

Water has no calories, so we cannot put on weight by drinking water, on the contrary, drinking excess water helps in losing weight.