I’ve been obese for as far back as I can remember. And truth-be-told, I initially didn’t really like looking at myself in the mirror. No dress, no matter how expensively bought, seemed to appear good enough on my person. And my internal health fared even poorly. I got diagnosed with prediabetes back in the 5th grade, and the doctors calculated that I had a forty-five percent chance of contracting early hypertension. During this starting phase of my health problems, my mother regularly made use of our home’s Frontier cable internet connection to conduct a lot of weight loss research. And there were times when she stumbled on what I call ‘goldmines’ of useful information. Even today, I try to stick to some of the health tips that she unearthed during this period.
What Obesity is Like on the Inside…
Some people (like my good friend Tasha) suffer from a form of obesity that ravages the body from the inside. Most dietitians consider this type to be more dangerous than the one that shows plainly in front of other people. And the reason behind this concern is not hard to understand – not even if you don’t have a lot of human biology know-how.
• The body’s adipose layer is mostly made up of stored lipid (fat) cells, and it performs several important temperature-regulation functions. Without this deep, protective covering, our internal body temperature (which is kept within a narrow range) would go haywire. And this would be disastrous for our organs and tissues, which are primarily made up of proteins.
• Another benefit of having this natural fat layer comes in the form of providing the body with some strong structural support. This feature becomes quite evident when a person suffers from an injury of sprain. The internal fatty covering helps the body to regain its lost shape, and become more flexibly durable – attributes which greatly speed up the healing process.
Uncontrolled Obesity and its Associated Illnesses
But like all issues in life, having too much of a good thing can actually prove disastrous in the long run. And that is exactly what happens in the case of obesity – which is characterized by an over-accumulation of the cells in this internal fatty layer.
And of all the types of fat that weigh people down (quite literally) in this condition, abdominal (or belly) fat is perhaps the most dangerous.
Uncontrolled obesity is positively correlated (meaning that it significantly heightens the risk) with all kinds of cardiac illnesses. It is also (as in my case) a precursor for attaining Type II Diabetes. Some studies have even linked it with an increased incidence-rate of contracting a number of inflammatory diseases. All types of arthritis conditions, IBS and cancers fall neatly into this ailment category.
When taken in the context of the BMI (basal metabolic scale index), a person is classified as being obese when he or she exhibits a score greater than 30. And when this happens, clinical nutritionists are quick to put their patients on a rigid (normally high protein) weight reduction regimen.
Treating Obesity with Nutrition
Dieting regimens, which commonly make use of strict calorie restrictions and food measures for their efficacy, are normally prescribed to obese individuals. In addition to stimulating the metabolism to burn weight fast, these guided daily food plans also help overweight people to develop sound eating habits. And once these learned traits are fully internalized, they open the way for healthy lifelong eating practices.
Carbohydrate restriction is the basic principle that forms the foundation of any modern-day high protein plan. Simply put, all carbs are digested into sugars, which go on to raise the blood sugar (glucose) level. In instances of high-carb intake (something quite common), all this excess blood sugar is metabolized by the body for storage into fat cells. Over time, and with regular consumption of a lot of sugary foods, all of this fat causes a person to become obese. And it isn’t long before the entire panoply of disease conditions (mentioned above) follow to take their toll on a person’s health.
Treating Obesity with Physical Therapy
Another way of handling excess weight is by resorting to a lot of targeted physical therapy. Strenuous workout (strength training & otherwise) sessions in the gym come as a common form of this treatment. These exercises can also be conducted at home, and without much expert (trainer) oversight – a practice which I engage in quite regularly. And as a result of the elaborate workout tutorials I’ve been fortunate enough to see through my Frontier online deals plan, I’ve even managed to lose some weight.
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