Introduction The exercise boom is not just a fad; it is a return to ‘natural’ activity—the kind for which our bodies are engineered and which facilitates the proper function of our biochemistry and physiology. Viewed through the perspective of evolutionary time, sedentary existence, possible for great numbers of people only during the last century, represents… Continue reading Exercise: The Medicine Since Antiquity
Death is inevitable, but the life of protracted ill-health is not. Introduction The world is undergoing a huge age shift. In this day and age, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. According to the data from the World Population Ageing 2017 (Highlights) and the World Population Ageing 2019 (Highlights) of… Continue reading Healthy Ageing – Adding Years to Life and Life to Years.
One of the best-kept secrets in healthcare is that “something as simple as the food on your plate can truly be medicine.” Introduction Over the centuries food has been a central element in many traditional forms of medicine, which treated food as medicine until its role in curative medicine began to decline during the last… Continue reading Food as Medicine: Healthful Eating for Healthy Living
Introduction Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions? I had discussed the magnitude of obesity and why obesity is associated with so much ill-health. However, there are no easy solutions to obesity and managing your body weight is… Continue reading ‘Fat but Fit’ Paradox – Unravelling the Truth
Introduction In my post titled What is obesity – is it merely about BMI? I had discussed, how obesity is defined, the composition of the human body, and fat patterning as well as factors affecting total body fat and fat patterning. Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is… Continue reading Metabolically Healthy Obesity – A Myth or a Reality?
Introduction In my post titled What is obesity – is it merely about BMI? I had discussed, how obesity is defined, the composition of the human body, and fat patterning as well as factors affecting total body fat and fat patterning. Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is… Continue reading Does obesity hit a point of no return?
Introduction Before I discuss the main topic of weight loss maintenance, it would help to give you a brief overview of obesity. The world is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. In my post ‘What is obesity – is it merely about BMI?‘ I had defined obesity as “excessive body fat accumulation (not weighing too… Continue reading Weight Loss Maintenance After Weight Loss.
Introduction The world is in the grip of an obesity epidemic; additionally, a “fad diet” industry has arisen. Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975. It is a chronic and multifactorial disease and one of the most important causes of morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. In my post, Is obesity a disease or risk factor for… Continue reading Say NO to Fad diets
Introduction Obesity continues to be a major worldwide health problem, despite the efforts of the medical community. Intensive lifestyle interventions can achieve weight loss that is sustained over the long-term. Diet is an important component of any lifestyle intervention programme. The dietary plan that restricts energy and fat is the most common strategy and based… Continue reading Keto Diet – Debunking the Myth
Introduction In my post Diet Plan for Weight Loss – It’s going to be a journey, I had described various options for treatment of obesity. As highlighted there, the core principle of any obesity treatment is that it must shift the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure – treating obesity requires creating a state… Continue reading Very Low-Calorie Diet – All You Need to Know!
Introduction Before I discuss the diet plan for weight loss, the subject matter of this post, it would be worthwhile to discuss certain salient aspects of obesity. Obesity is a multifactorial disease and is the result of a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, metabolic, physiologic, behavioural and social factors; the underlying mechanism is a sustained… Continue reading Diet Plan for Weight Loss – It’s going to be a journey.
Introduction For most people, the term ‘exercise’ means aerobic activities like walking, jogging etc. The benefits of weight training (also commonly known as strength training or resistance training; the terms will be used interchangeably) are either overlooked or at best minimized to that of building muscles and improving sports performance. However, we now have a… Continue reading Weight Training Program Design for Optimum Health.
Introduction In my post, Health Benefits of Exercise: a grossly underutilised therapy, I have discussed the various health benefits associated with physical activity, as a result of which exercise is now aptly being recognised as ‘medicine’. However, to derive optimal health benefits from exercise, an exercise program needs to follow certain parameters, similar to drug… Continue reading Aerobic Exercise Prescription for Optimum Health Benefits
Introduction Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for death globally, accounting for about 6% of the total deaths worldwide. Physical inactivity levels are rising globally, spanning all economic, educational and age strata. This has major implications for the general health of the people worldwide and for the prevalence of lifestyle… Continue reading Exercise Prescription for Optimum Health Benefits
Introduction Exercise is being increasingly recognised to play an important role not only in the prevention but treatment as well of multiple lifestyle diseases (chronic diseases), health conditions and risk factors associated with these. In view of the above, exercise is now aptly being recognised as medicine. It is the cornerstone of lifestyle modification to… Continue reading Exercise is Medicine: but a grossly underutilised therapy