In the western world, obesity is assuming epidemic dimensions. Driving this tendency in this part of the world is the culture of consuming convenience foods that are dense in calories, but low in nutrients. High fat content, uncontrolled use of preservatives in factory-made food as well as a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity, collectively, is putting population at risk of contracting coronary diseases, premature aging and early death.
Adverse Effects of Excess Body Fat
Other well known risks related to obesity are joint pains (osteoarthritis), sterility in women and spine related problems. Typically people recognize that, these and other conditions can be managed by maintaining an ideal body mass index (BMI). BMI measurements throw some insights into the percentage of fat an adult is composed of â€“ lesser the body fat, the better. Women generally have a higher percentage of fact than men. It is also widely recognized that body weight (read: Â fat) can be reduced by regular exercise (especially weight training and cardio) as well as by following a sensible diet with high fiber content.
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The Importance of Homemade Food
Though homemade foods have more fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meat protein, they seem to be losing ground to high-calorie ready-to-eat foods made in factories. Part of the problem can be set right by resorting to homemade food and by following a regimen of exercises.
Since homemade food is generally made on a day-to-day basis, their chance of losing intrinsic nutritional value is rare. They are more likely to retain micro nutrients and minerals which are found in small quantities, and generally there is a good control on the ingredients used in cooking.
What Nutritionists Have to Say about Diet
Time and again nutritionists have emphasized the importance of consuming a balanced diet. Fat in excess is not desirable (a minimum quantity is however a must), because they are the easiest to accumulate in body, and protein if not used by body will also accumulate as fat. Getting into a healthy lifestyle is important too. Too much alcoholic drinks are known to interfere with the digestion process, which too needs to be moderated, nutritionists say.
What Doctorâ€™s Have to Say about Obesity
It has also been reported in medical journals that sleep is an important factor in controlling obesity. Too much or too little of sleep can be harmful, and a minimum of 8 hours is what doctors recommend. Sleep induced artificially using drugs is also known to cause dependency, which again contributes to obesity, medical researches indicate.
Doctors recommend against binge eating, a habit that seems to be taking deep roots in most societies around the world. They also recommend aerobic, flexibility and weight training exercises to keep the body fit. Flexibility is believed to significantly extend longevity. Establishing a regular eating pattern in most cases can help people to lead a healthy life.
A Fascinating Medical Report about Timing
In a report published by the International Journal of Obesity, Dr. Frank Sheer and his team of researchers from Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Boston concluded that meal timing is just as important as what one eats for shedding body fat. Frank further noted that the study was first of its kind on such a scale. His study is based on researches conducted on 420 overweight patients from Spain in a 20-week study program.
In course of his study, he split the participants into 2 groups â€“ early meal eaters (those who ate their mid-day meal before 3 p.m.) and late-eaters (those who generally ate after 3 p.m.). Participants were allowed to choose either of the group on their own based on their habit. In Spain, it may noted, the mid-day meal accounts for more than 40% of the calorific intake generally, and is also considered the most important meal for the day.
What the Researchers Found about Timing Meals
Here are some of the interesting conclusions you may want to know â€“
- Late eaters lost significantly less weight than participants in the early-eaters group.
- Late eaters were also found to be at higher risk of contracting diabetes than the other group.
- Another interesting fact that emerged was that late-eaters generally consumed lower calories for breakfast.
- Late eaters are more likely to skip their first meal of the day, and are at risk of malnutrition.
Finally it was also found that there were little differences in the two groups as regards to the total calorific intake and expenditure, hormone levels of leptin and ghrelin, and sleep pattern and duration. Having discounted these possibilities, the researchers concluded that timing was an independent risk factor in weight shedding.
The article is written by Kathryn Smith, a tech and entertainment blogger. Kathryn also contributes for distance learning blog and shares her findings related to internet marketing, blogging, and other technical stuff.