So far I have discussed with you facts regarding Obesity which includes methods to know if you are overweight,obese or having a ideal body weight.Today,we are going to find out how you come to this conclusion.
Our body weight depends upon how much we eat and how much we exercise [accept if you are genetically predisposed]. This leads us to a calculation called Basal Metabolic Rate or simply BMR. What is this BMR?
BMR is the minimum energy to keep our body alive while we are resting.It is in fact the amount of calories your body needs to spend if you are asleep for 24 hours. It depends on factors such as age,body weight,types of activity and gender of a person.The pictures below will help you know it better.
The above picture shows how much energy we spend while sleeping. The calories you spend while you are awake,exercising,moving about is not included in the BMR. Think of BMR as the amount of calories needed to keep you alive if you were bedridden! Our BMR reduces by 2% every 10 years after age of 20. So,as we age and we follow the same pattern of eating and life style as at age of 20,30,40 and with the lowered BMR,we tend to accumulate more calories which gets converted to fats at different places in our body giving it the overweight/obese look. So the idea is to increase our BMR—ideal BMR for different heights is given above,so calculate accordingly for your age.A formula to arrive at your present BMR is given below:-
Using this calculation you can keep your body weight in check by increasing your activities that burn calories and reduce intake of calories by consuming a healthy diet. As we go ahead I will show you methods to keep your body weight in the ideal range. If you are are having any other co-morbid conditions like High B.P.,hypothyroidism,diabetes,arthritis it is better to consult your family physician or join our exclusive weight control program which I will be starting shortly wherein all the above mentioned co-morbid conditions will be taken care of along with weight reduction. In my next blog I will be discussing the above mentioned co-morbid conditions one by one and natural ways to tackle them other than medications.