What is Obesity?


Currently over 1 billion adults are overweight and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese. 

Obesity means that you have an unhealthy amount of body fat.  Everyone needs some body fat, but too much fat can cause health problems.

A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions.  The normal amount of body fat (expressed as percentage of body fat) is between 25-30% in women and, 18-23% in men.  Women with over 30% body fat and men with over 25% body fat are considered obese. 

Overweight and obesity are also defined using a tool called Body Mass Index (BMI).  The BMI is a combination of your height (H) and weight (W):

BMI = weight (kg) / height2 (m2) = 703 * weight (lb) / height2 (in2)

If you have a BMI of 30 or higher, excess weight is putting your health in danger.

Causes
Most obesity is caused by energy imbalance (consuming more calories than the body needs).  Obesity is not caused by one single factor.  When we take in more calories than we burn off, we gain weight.  How we eat and how active we are affect how our body uses calories and accumulates fat.

There are a number of common factors that interact and contribute to obesity:

  • Genes - Obesity in many cases runs in families. If one or both of your parents are obese, your obesity risk is higher because genes determine your body shape and, to some extent, your weight.

  • Fatty Foods - Daily intake of Hot dogs, Big Macs, French fries, Macaroni and Cheese, Nachos, Potato Chips, Ice Cream -- all these high-fat favorites are causes of soaring obesity rates.

  • Lifestyle - If you spend most of your time at a desk, your risk for obesity is higher.  The risk is higher for people whose fat intake makes up more than 30 percent of their daily calories.  People who get 20 to 30 minutes of exercise most days or have an active lifestyle are less likely to be obese.

  • Metabolic Rate - This is the rate at which your body uses food.  If your metabolism tends to be slow, you are more likely to store excess calories in the form of fat.  A slow metabolism means you probably need to work harder at losing weight.

  • Psychology - Some people overeat when they feel stressed out or depressed.  About 30 percent of obese people are binge eaters (overeaters).

Negative Impact
The following are immediate consequences of obesity:

  • Breathlessness

  • Excessive Sweating

  • Snoring

  • Insomnia

  • Difficulty coping with sudden physical activity

  • Feeling very tired every day

  • Back and joint pains

  • Reduced mobility

  • Low self-esteem

  • Feeling of isolation from society

Long-term obesity greatly increases risk of: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke, breast cancer in women, gall bladder disease, gastro-esophageal reflux disease and associated problems, arthritis of the back, hips, knees and ankles, diabetes, and reduced life expectancy.

Treatment
Western medicine relies on aggressive prescription drugs and surgery (liposuction / stomach reduction) to deal with problems related to obesity.  These methods generally address only the symptoms of obesity and not the underlying causes.  As soon as you stop using the drugs, the problem returns!  And surgery is prohibitively expensive and carries the risk of infection and complications.

Also prescription drugs often result in unwanted and even dangerous side effects.  For example, the combined side effects of Sibutramine, Orlistat, and Phentermine include an increased number of bowel movements, constipation, dry mouth, gas with bowel movements, headache, heart and lung problems, inability to control bowel movements, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, irritability, nausea, nervousness, oily or fatty stool, oily spotting, flatulence (with discharge), and an urgent need to go to the bathroom, possible addiction, sleep problems, and excessive sweating.

Non-medical methods for weight loss such as diet programs and fat targeting exercise routines have failed to break the cycle of weight gain.

Ayurveda, the science of life, prevention and longevity, is the oldest and most holistic and comprehensive medical system available.  Its fundamentals can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas - the ancient Indian books of wisdom written over 5,000 years ago.  Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind, and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.  It prescribes the therapeutic use of various herbal preparations for enhancing vigor and overall well-being.

India Herbs has a seasoned group of Ayurvedic doctors specialized in Rasayana Chikitsa, one of the eight major specialties of Ayurveda.  It is the branch of Ayurveda that deals with various aspects of preventive health care.  Rasayana Chikitsa includes therapies for longevity, improved memory, health, youthfulness, complexion, and strength of body and senses.  Rasayana Chikitsa prescribes the therapeutic use of various herbal and holistic preparations for maintaining optimal weight while strengthening the body and overall well-being.

India Herbs' Rasayana Chikitsa doctors have developed a proprietary herbal formula based on centuries' old wisdom to rejuvenate stagnant bodily functions that contribute to weight gain and obesity.  The Yogic Slim formulation coupled with adherence to simple advice on diet, exercise, mental training, and relaxation will help you lose weight and attain good health through safe, natural means.

Recommendations
You can maximize fat loss by incorporating the following into your lifestyle:

1) Use a Quality Fat Loss Supplement - To help reverse the cycle of fat gain, hundreds of phytonutrients in Yogic Slim act at the molecular level to raise metabolic rate, increase energy, prevent muscle loss, and stabilize hormones and insulin levels thus regulating appetite.

2) Weight Training - More muscle mass means a higher resting metabolic rate and more calories burned.  Weight training 3 to 4 days per week (less than 1 hour per session with 30 to 60 second rest periods in between sets) will foster high levels of muscle building (anabolic) hormones and minimize muscle wasting (catabolic) hormones.  Work each body part once a week (chest and back on day 1, legs on day 3, shoulders and arms on day 5).

3) Aerobics - 40 to 60 minutes of aerobics (jogging, fast walking, swimming, cycling) on alternating days from weight training will help to burn fat and calories, increase physical endurance, strengthen heart and lungs, help control blood lipid levels and blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity, and enhance energy and ability to cope with stress.  Since aerobics on an empty stomach rely on fat for energy, morning time is ideal for aerobics.  The level of intensity should be within your target heart range.  This means 60% to 85% of your maximum heart rate (you feel the workout is somewhat hard where you feel tired but can continue for the entire 40 to 60 minute period).

4) Carbohydrates - consume low to moderate GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates at all times.  All low GI diets are based on the same principle of balancing blood sugar.  The foods which are restricted on low GI diets are those which cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise fast and high.  This results in more food being converted to fat.  Some foods commonly believed to be healthy actually have a high GI index: dried dates, watermelon, banana, raisins, brown rice pasta, white rice, cornmeal, couscous, instant rice, white bread, wholemeal bread, dark rye, and popular cereals (Raisin Bran, Special K, Grape Nuts, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Puffed Wheat).

5) Protein - consume lean, complete protein regularly with meals to raise your metabolic and anabolic hormones and prevent lean tissue loss.  Good protein sources are skinless chicken, salmon, tuna, sardines, low fat cottage cheese, egg whites, and turkey breast.  Avoid luncheon meats, whole milk, ground beef, cheese, bacon, pork chops, and yogurt.

6) Reduce Saturated Fats and Replace with Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFAs) - Limit butter, red meat, cheese, mayonnaise, macadamia nuts, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds.  Avoid margarine, foods with "partially hydrogenated" on labeling, processed vegetable oils, and fried foods.  Regularly consume flax oil, non-processed vegetable oils, salmon, olive oil, hazelnuts, peanut oil, hemp, avocado, almonds, and fish oil.

7) Regularly Drink Water - Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to avoid dehydration and help liberate fat stores to be burned as energy.

8) Multivitamins - A good quality multivitamin / mineral supplement is always advisable for maximizing metabolism, fat loss, and health.

9) Increase Fiber Intake - Fibrous vegetables like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peppers, and Carrots, and other raw vegetables and brown rice and whole grains increase transit time of food, improve digestion, and enhance weight loss.  They also add bulk to the diet which reduces appetite.

10) Eat 5 to 6 Small Meals Daily - Spreading food intake improves nutrient absorption, minimizes blood sugar fluctuations, and decreases fat-storing hormones and enzymes.

Results: The precise combination of ingredients in Yogic Slim along with a mind-body focus precisely addresses your sexual and urogenital concerns!

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