Beating the battle of the bulge

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The expanding waistline and obesity epidemic is the number one health threat, so easiHEALTH wants to make sure you have enough energy to get moving, burn those calories and maintain a healthy weight!

Overweight people tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle, as physical activities and exercise become difficult due to excess body weight that needs to be carried around. Poor weight management will lead to a lower quality of life as many health issues are linked to obesity and weight gain. These include high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, arthritis, and breathing problems. If you are consuming too many calories and not getting enough physical exercise, this energy imbalance will result in weight gain. You need to manage your weight by including regular physical activity with an eating pattern that includes variety, balance, and moderation.

Metabolism is the process by which your body will convert what you eat and drink into energy. You need to speed up your metabolism with a healthy dose of regular physical activity. When you move you burn calories and exercise will also build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will use just for body processes like breathing, digestion and blood circulation.

Some of the benefits of regular exercise other than energy balance are weight loss, stronger muscles and bones, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a healthier heart and disease prevention. In other words – a healthier you!

You need to learn the art of consuming just the right number of calories for good weight management. It is a bit of a balancing act and takes time and effort. The aim is to take in only as much food and drink as you need to fuel your body’s basic functions, daily activities and exercise (your body composition, sex and age will impact on your required intake). Anything extra will be stored as fat. Your healthiest options as far as foods go are fruits, vegetables (raw where possible), beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats and nuts. Stay away from refined, processed food. As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat!’.

Once you get your energy balance right and maintain a healthy weight, you will find an improvement in your energy levels, physical health, mobility, general mood and self-confidence. So, take up the challenge – beat the battle of the bulge and you will feel alive and energised.