Let’s start with some statistics from the World Health Organisation:
The Weight Gain Battle
People in developed countries and developing countries have the ‘luxury’ of being able to bombard themselves with nutrient-deficient high calorie foods, often called “empty calorie” foods. We`ve all seen the adverts in the media.
Empty calorie foods are deficient in vital nutrients and fibre. Fibre helps keep us full and so we don’t need to snack between meals.
More of us than ever before are eating these high calorie foods while remaining inactive - this is a dangerous combination. Eat lots of calories + not active = gain fat… you get the picture.
The obesity epidemic is spreading in the modern world and it is considered to be the number one health problem. Excess body fat can lead to serous health problems as well as shorten life expectancy.
The reality is that at the moment, it is estimated that there are 35000 obesity related deaths in England each year - this accounts for 1/16 deaths. That’s a major problem and a major drain on NHS resources.
Most of us know the risks of being over weight such as type 2 Diabetes and heart disease to name but a few.
Excess Body Weight
Did you know that being overweight and excess body fat are 2 different things?
This is where the BMI (body mass index) makes no sense.
A professional bodybuilder may fall into the overweight BMI category but typically carries a very small percentage of body fat.
On the other hand, you maybe a “normal weight” person with a very high body fat percentage for your height and weight.
Carrying a large percentage of body fat increases your risk of health problems as discussed earlier.
Is Portion Control the Answer?
This is something that I get asked a lot and there is some truth in the fact that portion control can help but it is not the full answer.
For most people, being overweight is not caused by how much they eat but what they eat. The theory that people get heavy because they consume a high volume of food is misleading.
Eating large amounts of the right type of food has been shown to be the key to weight loss success and what makes new eating habits workable for the rest of your life.
The above is just a very simple and brief post of what is quite a complicated subject. If you have any questions or would like to know how I can help you tackle the above issues, please get in contact by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org
Till the next time.