SLIMMING is many a time considered only
for cosmetic purposes. However, excess body weight is one of the most important
risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension,
arthritis, back pain, coronary heart disease, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea
and Osteoarthritis of the knee joints.
Slimming is more than having an hourglass figure, it really is about health.
Obese or overweight ?
A person can be classified overweight if his or her body mass index (BMI) is
more than 25. A person is considered obese if the BMI is more than 30. BMI is
calculated by using the formula kg/m2, where "kg" is body weight and "m" stands
for height in meters.
If you are overweight, your goal should be to achieve the ideal BMI ( between
18.5 and 25 ).
Your shape and health risk
Apple-shaped people are at greater health risk. If you have more weight around
your waist, you have a greater risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart
disease and diabetes than those with weight around their hips.
Pear-shaped people have lower health risk.
( Calculation for table: Waist circumference in inches divided by hip
circumference in inches ).
Getting down to slimming
If one takes up a slimming regime, a good goal is to lose 23kg a month. Slower
weight loss means it will be easier to keep it off. Ideally, losing weight means
losing the excess body fat and not body fluid.
Crash courses are not healthy and more often, dieters lose water from the
body instead of excess body fat.
There are other safer and more effective approaches to slim down through
natural methods and herbs.
|If ratio is over 0.95
||If ratio is over 0.8
||You are an apple
|If ratio is 0.95 or lower
||If ratio is 0.8 or lower
||You are a pear
Garcinia cambogia contains Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is reported to reduce
fat generation in the body and also suppresses absorption of fat from food
intake and hence reduce body weight. Several studies in humans have provided
supportive evidence for the efficacy of HCA in weight loss with no side effects.
Garcinia limits the synthesis of fatty acids in the muscles and liver.
Some of the herbs known for their effectiveness in slimming are Garcinia
cambogia, Trigonella foenum graecum, Gymnema sylvestre and Commiphora wightii.
People using Garcinia have experienced a curbed appetite, a tendency to
"nibble" less and an increase in energy. In addition, Garcinia may cause the
body to use existing fat stores for energy during prolonged exercise.
Sustained weight loss can only be achieved with a change in lifestyle. There
are no quick fixes and, as you have probably noticed, any drastic weight loss is
followed by the body gaining it back over a period of time.
What is most effective is to cut your food intake by, say 40%; drink no fewer
than eight glasses of water a day and to do some form of exercise at least five
days a week. A brisk walk is something most people are able to stick to on a
Strong determination and the end result in mind are required if you are
serious about losing weight. Many have done it, and so can you.