Healthy habits to curb obesity: Lifestyle modifications to stay in top shape

Obesity can invite a plethora of health issues. Know from a doctor about certain lifestyle modifications and healthy habits that can help you to stay in top shape.

Updated On May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST
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Excess body fat means obesity and it is one of the most common and difficult problems faced by mankind today because of changing lifestyles, bad eating habits and various environmental factors which makes it thrive and has now resulted in obesity becoming a huge medical problem. Obesity can occur because of lack of physical activities, excess diet, low cost easy available foods, high-density foods, high snack consumption, less exercise, availability of high tech gadgets like televisions and computers that do not allow us to do physical exercise and various other reasons but apart from this, there are still many other reasons why obesity can occur like certain physiological reasons and some genetic reasons too. (Image by (Joenomias) Menno de Jong from Pixabay )
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

Excess body fat means obesity and it is one of the most common and difficult problems faced by mankind today because of changing lifestyles, bad eating habits and various environmental factors which makes it thrive and has now resulted in obesity becoming a huge medical problem. Obesity can occur because of lack of physical activities, excess diet, low cost easy available foods, high-density foods, high snack consumption, less exercise, availability of high tech gadgets like televisions and computers that do not allow us to do physical exercise and various other reasons but apart from this, there are still many other reasons why obesity can occur like certain physiological reasons and some genetic reasons too. (Image by (Joenomias) Menno de Jong from Pixabay )

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In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Manish Motwani, Chief Bariatric Surgeon at Aastha Bariatrics, Centre of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, told Zarafshan Shiraz, “Diabetes is one disease that can damage every part of the body and obesity forms one of the most common and the most important reason for diabetes. Apart from diabetes, there are various other medical problems that can come up like high BP, infertility, cardiac problems, acidity problems, various gynaecological problems and hormonal problems. So each and every medical problem that happens because of obesity, in itself is a big disease. So it is very important for us not only to treat obesity but also to treat it in time so that these medical problems don’t occur and if at all they occur, we can still do sufficient enough to ensure that our body is not only cleared of obesity but also cured of unwanted medical problems. It is the need of the hour to battle the bulge and lead a healthy life.” (Pixabay)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Manish Motwani, Chief Bariatric Surgeon at Aastha Bariatrics, Centre of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, told Zarafshan Shiraz, “Diabetes is one disease that can damage every part of the body and obesity forms one of the most common and the most important reason for diabetes. Apart from diabetes, there are various other medical problems that can come up like high BP, infertility, cardiac problems, acidity problems, various gynaecological problems and hormonal problems. So each and every medical problem that happens because of obesity, in itself is a big disease. So it is very important for us not only to treat obesity but also to treat it in time so that these medical problems don’t occur and if at all they occur, we can still do sufficient enough to ensure that our body is not only cleared of obesity but also cured of unwanted medical problems. It is the need of the hour to battle the bulge and lead a healthy life.” (Pixabay)

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Dr Manish Motwani added, “Changing lifestyles and diet patterns have resulted in obesity, which is also a progressive disease. We have seen that because of obesity, there is a severe decrease in life expectancy. The best part of obesity is that it is a preventable disease. So, if the action is taken on time, it can really help us solve most of the problems because of obesity and also ensure we live a disease-free life. The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent the health problems associated with obesity.” He listed 3 ways on how you can tackle obesity: (Pixabay)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

Dr Manish Motwani added, “Changing lifestyles and diet patterns have resulted in obesity, which is also a progressive disease. We have seen that because of obesity, there is a severe decrease in life expectancy. The best part of obesity is that it is a preventable disease. So, if the action is taken on time, it can really help us solve most of the problems because of obesity and also ensure we live a disease-free life. The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent the health problems associated with obesity.” He listed 3 ways on how you can tackle obesity: (Pixabay)

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1. Dietary changes increase physical activity and behaviour changes can help you lose weight. Prescription medications and weight-loss procedures are additional options for treating obesity. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

1. Dietary changes increase physical activity and behaviour changes can help you lose weight. Prescription medications and weight-loss procedures are additional options for treating obesity. (Shutterstock)

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2. The best way to treat obesity is to consider it as a disease. As for any disease, we should treat the disease as per its grade. Every grade of obesity is a different disease in itself and each grade has a different treatment. For BMI <25, which is considered normal weight, we would advise a balanced supervised diet to maintain the weight or decrease the weight by 3-5 kgs. This is the weight which can be reduced by diet alone and can be maintained too. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

2. The best way to treat obesity is to consider it as a disease. As for any disease, we should treat the disease as per its grade. Every grade of obesity is a different disease in itself and each grade has a different treatment. For BMI <25, which is considered normal weight, we would advise a balanced supervised diet to maintain the weight or decrease the weight by 3-5 kgs. This is the weight which can be reduced by diet alone and can be maintained too. (Shutterstock)

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3. Eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, exercise regularly and maintain an optimum weight. Take the help of an expert who can tell you what to eat and avoid. Your diet needs to include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lentils. Avoid junk, processed, canned and oily food. Say “NO” to bakery items, samosa, chips, burgers or fries. Drink enough water and stay stress-free by doing Yoga and meditation. If we have a balanced lifestyle and moderation in whatever we do, we can prevent obesity. &nbsp;(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

3. Eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, exercise regularly and maintain an optimum weight. Take the help of an expert who can tell you what to eat and avoid. Your diet needs to include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lentils. Avoid junk, processed, canned and oily food. Say “NO” to bakery items, samosa, chips, burgers or fries. Drink enough water and stay stress-free by doing Yoga and meditation. If we have a balanced lifestyle and moderation in whatever we do, we can prevent obesity.  (Shutterstock)

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“Being a medical problem, obesity has to be treated scientifically. In the initial stages of obesity diet medications are good enough along with lifestyle modification but as obesity progresses, Bariatric Surgery remains the only option. Bariatric surgery is supposed to be one of the safest options once you reach the obesity level which is a BMI of more than 30,” concluded Dr Manish Motwani.&nbsp;(Representative Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2022 02:39 PM IST

“Being a medical problem, obesity has to be treated scientifically. In the initial stages of obesity diet medications are good enough along with lifestyle modification but as obesity progresses, Bariatric Surgery remains the only option. Bariatric surgery is supposed to be one of the safest options once you reach the obesity level which is a BMI of more than 30,” concluded Dr Manish Motwani. (Representative Photo)

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