It’s a familiar story: You pledge to honor a daily elliptical routine and count every last calorie. But soon, you’re eating cupcakes at the office and grabbing happy hour mojitos, thinking, Oops, diet over. There is a better way: Swap the all-or-nothing approach for one or two healthy switch-ups in your daily routine.
Fitness-mania has created a viral buzz in the whole health industry! Weight, BMI, Body-fat, insulin resistance, inches, muscle weight, water-weight are the terms every health conscious person knows!
Every fitness program out there is a huge success. But there is no guarantee that a particular regime will be successful for you or not. Thus, what most people do is follow the oldest method of trial and error. This process can be tiresome and many people give-up halfway through it.
Being an Ayurveda practitioner, I come across many such patients who have tried various exercise and diet programs without any success or limited success for short periods. What I learned from them is that the problem and solution both lie in the root cause of weight gain or weight loss.
“Equal energy IN and energy OUT over time = weight stays the same
More energy IN than energy OUT over time = weight gain
More energy OUT than energy IN over time = weight loss” –the logical answer for people wanting to lose weight. Lets relate these to our daily lives to pin down the culprit which cause these imbalances.
Sleeping during day-time Especially after the mid day meal, this habit tends to slow down the metabolism and create the energy imbalances. Untimely sleep can alter circadian rhythms, so the cycling of many genes is impaired, which in long-term can lead to weight gain.
Lack of physical work-One of the commonest causes I guess! Before we reach the alarming weight on the weight scales, we live in our cozy comfort zone which doesn’t include any form of the following exercise- gym, jog,brisk walk, yoga, aerobics, sports etc. Not only that sometimes our lifestyles are so sedentary that simple daily chores such as climbing stairs, sitting on the floor, squatting, moving around at home and workplace is also very restricted.
Eating habits-A lot is said and known about fast food, packaged food, cold drinks, alcohol, fried food. Also, some foods despite being healthy can impact the weight when consumed regularly or excessively. They include raw vegetables, juices, oats, wheat, black gram, chick peas , dry fruits and nuts, milk products, animal products, sweeteners, salt, beer, etc. Not to forget the love for all types of sweets. chocolates! This attraction can put an extra strain on the adrenal – pancreas function that are responsible for regulation of blood sugar,processing of fats and cholesterol among other things.
Genetics-Obesity tends to run in the family. Heredity impacts weight gain but to a much lesser degree than many people might believe. If parents are obese, offspring is at the increased risk of weight gain because along with the genes, diet and lifestyle also run in the family. And healthy diet, lifestyle can counteract these genetic effects.
It is necessary to remember that weight gain is not some kind of a sudden disorder. When we are stuck with one or more of the above given causes over a long period of time, we gradually invite the extra weight in our bodies. The only exception to the rule is side effect of some medications.
“Forearmed is forewarned”
So those who have just started putting on do not delay in embracing the healthy habits. And those who already are obese, pin down the cause of it and adapt a fitness program accordingly. Don’t forget the important point Like weight gain, let weight loss also be a gradual procedure.