Are you anxious about your growing body weight? It’s not very common not to be, most of us are. The excessive weight of our bodies restricts us from doing our daily activities and is also a cause of laziness. Everyone out there thinks they are fat. Being slim is one of the most important things of concern to them. Spending a few hours every day on cutting down this fat, at gyms or at daily workout centers, and then ‘forcing yourself not to eat’, just to ‘fit in’, may also lead to ill health.
In worst cases, to anorexia. But no one is concerned about that. No one wants to think about how what they are doing is effecting their own health. It has become an obsession. That’s one state of mind you definitely do not want to have. So, what exactly is ‘weight loss’ all about anyway? Let’s find out.
An intro to Weight Loss-
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The weight of the human body is determined by the energy from food intake and the amount of energy we spend. This energy is measured in calories. When we eat more calories than we burn, the body stores excess fat. This, in the long run, adds on weight. To be healthy, an average human being needs around 2,500kCal of energy.
According to World Health Organization(WHO), health is a state of well-being. One factor that determines this state of well-being is BMI. BMI or Body Mass Index is a measure of fat, based on the body weight in relation to the height. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 30. High BMI is an indicator of high body fat. To be healthy, this number should be in between 20 and 25. Another health determination factor is BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate.
This is the number of calories burnt when the body is at rest by doing basic everyday activities such as breathing, digesting and others. BMI and BMR are important factors that allow medical professionals to understand the rate of calorie burn. If your weight has remained constant over a certain period, then this means that you have been burning the same number of calories you are taking in.
Every human being is responsible for his or her food intake and also for the number of calories they burn. So, instead of following strict diets after, we can just control our calorie intake before putting on weight. But after we are overweight already, the best way to cut it off is dieting and proper exercise.