Obesity – Relationship between diet and Obesity

Obesity – Relationship between diet and Obesity 

 

 

 

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Obesity – Relationship between diet and Obesity 

The relationship between diet and obesity

Given that people are individual their bodies have their own particular needs and requirements. Therefore it’s difficult to generalise. However it is recommended that in order to lose weight in a safe and sustained way, weight loss should be between 0.5- 1kg per week with a reduction in calorie intake of 600 calories per day
As I mentioned in an earlier segment of this presentation an active adult male should not consume more that 2500 calories per day and the value for an active adult female was 2000 calories per day. With this in mind to facilitate weight loss a 600 calorie per day equates to 1900 calories and 1600 calories for active males and females respectively
You may recall the example that I gave around a fast food burger fries and milkshake meal having approximately 1500 calories so this should reinforce the need for sensible eating in order to achieve weight loss.
A# straight forward strategy to help lose excess body fat is to exchange high fat and high sugar unhealthy foods alongside sugary drinks and alcohol with healthier alternatives

Ideally a healthy diet should contain the 5 points below so please try and eat
1) fruits and vegetables daily
2) bread rice potatoes or pasta alongside other starch foods if possible it would be better to choose whole grain options e.g. whole grain bread vs white bread
3) milk and dairy products
4) protein, sources such as meat, fish eggs or beans
5) small quantities of food and drink that are high in sugar and fat

consuming too much salt can be problematic in maintaining a healthy blood pressure, this can be particularly problematic for these patients therefore please try and be mindful about foods that contain high levels of salt.

Although this may seem difficult in the beginning please try and get in the habit of counting the number of calories in food you consume so you can try and stay close to your daily calorie limit. There are food outlets and restaurants that provide calorie information for the portion of food that’s being served however this information is not widely available across all restaurants. Please reflect back to my example of the fast food meal and its high calorie content. With this in mind please consider your food choices especially with respect to eating fried chicken, curries, burgers or Chinese food.