Getting a handle on weight...
...is an important part of any health program, as currently
- 65% of all American adults are overweight and
- 20% are obese.
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of chronic disease, from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea to various forms of cancer.
Here are some definitions:
- The standard for assessing weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI). It is calculated by utilizing your body weight and height.
- Overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29.9.
- Obesity is a BMI above 30.
- How do you fare? Calculate your BMI.
- Another even more accurate way to assess weight is through measuring your Body Fat Percentage.
- Men are seen obese when their body fat percentage is above 25%, women when it is above 30%.
- The ideal body fat percentage for men is between 12 and 18 percent, for women between 18 and 22 percent.
Defining the problem is easy, but what’s the solution?
Considering that 75% of all people who lose weight, regain it within 3 years, (and 95% within 10 years!), it is obvious that most diets don’t work. Besides that, most diets follow a ‘one fits all’ approach and don’t take our metabolic and biochemical individuality into account.
In order to be successful a comprehensive medical weight loss program has to address the following areas:
- Do you know how many calories you should eat in order to lose one pound of body fat per week? Calories are important, especially as our self evaluation is notoriously wrong: The average person consumes 600 calories more per day, than they believe they do.
- Do you know if you are sugar and starches sensitive? High insulin – called Hyperinsulinism, Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome - makes weight-loss nearly impossible, as it leads to fat storage, hypoglycemia and food cravings.
- Do you have a slow metabolism? The basic metabolic rate depends on the optimal function of your adrenal and thyroid glands. A good metabolism helps to burn calories. Sleep deprivation is another reason for slow metabolism.
3. Cellular energy production
- Many people suffer from a cellular energy deficiency. If that is the case, weight gain and fatigue go hand in hand. Various supplements like Carnitine, Coenzyme-Q10 and Resveratrol can help to increase the mitochondrial energy production.
4. Aerobic and anaerobic exercise
- Lack of exercise promotes weight gain, but over-exercising can prevent weight-loss. Optimal fat burning happens while exercising at low aerobic heart rates. Additionally short bursts of anaerobic exercise (intervall training) promote an after-burn effect that increases metabolism for hours.
5. Weight loss resistance
If you are unable to lose weight despitr eating a good diet and exercising regularly, you suffer from weight loss resistance. Here are some of the potential causes which need to be evaluated:
- Food allergies or sensitivites
- Low Thyroid or adrenal function
- Sleep deprivation
- Exposures to toxins and chemicals
- Stress and emotional issues
- Sex or Growth Hormone deficiencies
- Neurotransmitters deficiencies
- Various Prescription Medication