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Sedentary life , eating junk food and stress, physical as well as mental are main factors of obesity. But a person is said to be obese when he/she consumes more number of calories than the number of calories used by the body. If your Body Mass Index or BMI (calculated by dividing height by weight) is more than 30, then you are obese . A person with BMI above 25 but below 30 is considered overweight.
Numerous ads for shedding weight, ranging from regular visit to Gym to diet & nutrition plans or medication are seen in both visual and print media.. Do they work ? I am sure they must be otherwise there may not be so many buyers. But benefit lasts for short duration or as long as the individual follows instructions. The moment life style changes, one slowly goes back to obesity level.The key point is Lifestyle and it all depends on an individual`s constitution, age, location, climate and nature of work. There could be several variations in lifestyle as no single rule will apply to all. I believe that following steps are basic for getting rid of obesity.
Detoxification as the first step
Vegetarian diet ( avoid over eating )
Drinking enough fresh water depending on thirst level, climate and physical activity
Ensuring regular bowel movement ( through proper and balanced diet )
Exercise suitable for one`s age and regular walk in fresh air
Pranayam or deep breathing for maintaining high level of oxygen in the body.
Good and sound sleep
Unless there is genetic cause of obesity above mentioned steps can help to a great extent to reduce obesity. It is tested and tried method. It is important that one lives in a area which is free from pollution to maintain good health.. If it is not possible, one must take a short holiday every 6 months for a change and visit a place where one gets pure air, pure water and healthy food.
One such place is in Kumaon Hills. Visit www.thesatvik.com
Consider simple solution as an option
For a month give up all cereals, sugar, dairy products, packaged food,beverages, pickles, fried food, very spicy food and cooking in Hydrogenated Oil.
Switch to vegetables, salad ( tomato,cucumber,onions,lettuce etc.), Roti or chapati made out of gram flour mixed with Ragi (finger millet) ), nuts( handful of almonds, walnuts, or others as per choice with raisins ), seeds (Flax, sunflower, watermelon ), seasonal fresh fruits, dal ( pulses ) , all types of beans,Green Chutney, sprouts, coconut, Gur (Jaggery ) mineral brown sugar from sugarcane as sweetener , and use coconut oil or olive oil for cooking.. Substitute tea and coffee with green tea . Squeeze a lemon in lukewarm water and drink after mixing one t/s of pure honey.Drink in the morning and evening to keep body alkaline. Do not eat to full stomach. Keep a difference of 3 hours between each solid meal. Do not drink water along with fruits, Fruits should be taken independent of vegetables.Drink only lukewarm water.
Caution: Discontinue any rime if there is discomfort. When you resume normal diet change over gradually by starting with one meal and then to second and third meals..
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