Weight Control 101 - Some Simple Facts
The need to lose weight has spawned the creation of various products and services on weight control that cater to the - desperately wanting to shed weight - population. Especially in women, being sexy is always equated to being beautiful. Thus, there are a whole lot of women who are especially obsessed with the desire to lose weight because the heavy ones are sometimes being shunned by society as depicted in various movies and television series.
However, many women do not realize it but their approach to the whole idea of losing weight is all wrong which leads to them succumbing to the use of products and services which are not sustainable in the long run. Among these are fad and crash diets, which are either lacking in nutrients or are devoid of any. Another is the synthetically made diet pills such as water pills which bring about a change in body processes which can only continue for so long. Then there is the more harmful variety of dieting solutions such as using illegal as well as legal drugs which are otherwise not used for losing weight but to treat other conditions, for the latter type. All these attest to the desperate need of women to lose weight to the point that they are willing to subscribe to measures which will harm them in the long run.
To make losing weight more sustainable and bring about the desired effects - which are permanent - women need to think in terms of weight control. The following are the facts a woman should know about controlling their weight:
What is weight control? These are measures to ensure that a woman stays within her desired weight with respect to a particular standard. There are many standards used as a basis such as weight to height ratio, wherein the woman’s desired weight is based on a particular height; weight to age ratio, in which the variables weight and age are utilized instead; and body mass index or BMI computed using the height and weight.
What are the benefits of weight control? Basically, controlling one’s weight is not only for aesthetic purposes alone but has more therapeutic effects than women realize. One main benefit is staying away as possible from obesity. Obesity is the cause of many chronic diseases imaginable. It leads to heart problems as more fat plaques are deposited to the coronary arteries or arteries which supply blood to the heart, thus, causing more workload to the heart, hypertension (increase in blood pressure), cardiomegaly (increase in the size of heart muscles), and a cascade of events leading to death. Obesity also leads to diabetes mellitus because of the direct relation of central obesity (fat being deposited in the mid section) to problems with insulin uptake of the cells. Then there is the problem of kidney failure, both chronic and acute in nature, which also results from the first two lifestyle diseases. In addition, there are also several minor health problems associated with obesity such as sweating profusely, snoring, and sleep apnea. Another benefit of controlling one’s weight is feeling less sluggish and being able to do more.
How can weight control be achieved? First you have to know about how much weight you should maintain. There are many resources providing such standard with respect to the above discussed ratio. If you are more than your standard weight, you have to work really hard to go down to the right weight bracket. You can do this by following the principle of eating less than you used to. Because there is the need to consume the right amount and type of nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water, your best chance of losing weight is to increase your metabolism. Many women, because of the work entailed in exercising, would rather eat less which can be detrimental to their body as they become lacking in the essential nutrients required for normal functioning. Thus, there is a need instead to engage in moderate physical activity to lose weight for at least thirty to forty-five minutes, three times a week, at the very least. When you do, you increase cell metabolism because of the body’s adaptive mechanism of meeting the cells’ increased energy needs. Normally, your body needs calories from food to sustain your basal metabolic rate, which is the energy expended regardless even if you remain sedentary. When you engage in more activities, you require more energy, thus increasing the need for calories to sustain the high energy demand of your cells.
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