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Why We Gain And How To Lose It


Got a weighty issue? Let the experts answer the myths and facts of weight gain.

Is It True That We Gain 1kg Each Year After We Hit 30?

We generally gain weight as we get older, but there are exceptions to this rule.

How Can One Maintain One's Weight?

It boils down to the simple energy equation. Ensure that your caloric intake does not exceed your energy expenditure.

What Are The Risks Of Being Overweight?

Numerous. Obesity is linked to metabolic syndrome with underlying insulin resistance. The clinical consequences include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnoea and degenerative arthritis. Overall, it leads to a reduced quality of life and shortened life expectancy due to cardiovascular complications.

Can One Achieve Lasting Results From Going To Slimming Centres?

Generally no. One would need to consult a qualified doctor to tailor a weight loss programme which often involves a multifaceted approach. This would involve lifestyle changes, exercise, dietary restriction and drug therapy. The physician would also need to identify all the attendant risk factors in that particular subject and intervene aggressively to prevent the development of diabetes and cardiovascular complications.

Are Slimming Products Effective In Weight Loss?

It is more hype rather than true.

Would You Recommend Trying Acupuncture For Weight Loss?

There is no good clinical evidence to support its use in weight loss.

Can New Gadgets Like Slimming Belts Help Weight Loss?

Again, more commercial hype.

Do We Deprive Ourselves Of Energy When We Go On Diets?

For an overweight person to lose weight successfully, the way is to ensure negative energy balance for the first three to six months. That is, ensure that you take in fewer calories than your body needs for daily expenditure. Then your body would start to break down the fat stored for energy. I suggest not overdoing it but aim for mild to moderate negative energy balance as per your doctor's advice.

What Are Some Of The Good Fats We Should Take?

All fats are laden with energy and hence will contribute to weight gain. However, substitute saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily consumption. Also, get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

What Are The Foods That We Must Avoid?

It is advisable to cut down on fast food, processed and deep-fried foods as these are high in fat content. I also suggest trimming the fat from meat and skin from poultry, avoiding full-cream milk and dairy products. Also avoid regular soft drinks as they are high in sugar.

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