Overweight is defined as exceeding the normal weight due to the excess body fat accumulated in the organism. One is said to be overweight if he weighs 10-20% more than he is supposed to weigh.
Obesity is diagnosed if a person weighs 20% and more (due to the amounts of stored fat, not muscle) than his ideal weight is considered to be. Obesity, as any other health condition, can be mild, moderate and severe, causing many different illnesses and diseases. Furthermore, it can even result in death.
Overweight and obesity are evaluated by calculating body mass index (BMI), where the height and weight of a person are taken into account. Using BMI, one can find out whether he is underweight, overweight, or maybe he is in the limits of his optimal body mass.
Overweight and obesity can be caused by a number of reasons. First of all, the disorders can result from the excessive calories intake in combination with the lack of physical activity and limited energy burning. Therefore, people leading a sedentary life-style are likely to gain extra pounds.
Heredity is another reason of overweight and obesity. Children of the obese parents are 10 times more likely than other kids to have excessive weight.
A number of other health conditions, like hormonal imbalances, metabolic disorders (namely, impaired nutrient assimilation), and endocrine diseases (hypothalamic dysfunctions, growth syndrome deficiency, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc.), may also result in weight gain.
Psychological factors (stress, depression, anxiety and others) are said to influence eating habits, leading to binge-eating or emotional eating. Consequently, frequent cases of such emotional shock may result in obesity.
Medications we use to fight certain diseases may also have devastating influence on the shape of our bodies, causing overweight and obesity. The most well-known killers of slenderness are glucocorticoids, steroids, and antidepressants.
Naturally, the most common sign of overweight and obesity is excessive body fat. However, there are another symptoms associated with these disorders: shortness of breath, decreased energy level, strain on the joints resulting in back pain, pain in the knees, hips, etc.
Many health conditions may also be identified as the symptoms of obesity, since they appear as a result of this condition; therefore, they are induced by it. Here belong skin conditions (inverse psoriasis), diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol levels and many others. Often, eliminating the problem of excessive weight may help get rid of these diseases.
Very often the first step in losing weight is changing the usual life-style: consuming fewer calories and exercising more, leading a more active life.
Nutritional counseling, dieting, appetite-suppressant drugs, weight loss drugs (as Xenical and Meridia) and weight loss patch, liposuction, and even surgery to decrease the size of the stomach or small intestine – these are the options for the doctor to consider while looking for the treatment of overweight and obesity. However, the method must be chosen individually for every patient, taking into account the severity of his obesity and the state of his overall health.
It is time for us to admit that nature has remedies to fight all the diseases; the problem is that we do not know for the time being how to use all these natural recipes. However, many steps have already been taken in the direction of uncovering the secrets mother-nature keeps from us.
They say obesity recoils from Ephedra, the herb that promotes loss of fat without losing muscle mass. It is usually taken on a short-term basis. In addition, one should be aware of side effects Ephedra produces if taken in large amounts: nervousness, insomnia, and cardiovascular problems are possible.
Another herb, which effectively fights overweight and obesity, is a well-known Dandelion. It is a mild diuretic, which has the ability to decrease the cravings for salty and sugary foods. Dandelion, as well as Aloe Vera and Astragalus, increases metabolic activity and promotes the absorption of nutrients strengthening digestion.
Body fat is also eliminated with the help of Cayenne, which is said to boost metabolism, suppress appetite, and, similarly to Aloe Vera, force body to burn fat instead of storing it in the body.
Wild Angelica fights overweight caused by excess insulin. It is especially recommended for the use by people suffering from diabetes, because it, actually, reduces the most frequent side effect of medications against diabetes, namely – weight gain.
Garcinia Cambogia not only suppresses appetite and reduces food intake, it is also said to promote the production of heat by the body, thus making it burn more calories. Its main constituent hydroxycitric acid blocks the conversion of starches and sugars into body fat. Therefore, Garcinia Cambogia seems to be capable of lowering body weight and reducing fat mass. In addition it can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Guarana belongs to those plants, which enhance metabolism. It is a mighty stimulant. Weight loss is believed to occur due to the huge amount of caffeine Guarana contains. Actually, it has 2.5 times more caffeine than coffee beans. That is why this diuretic facilitates fat loss. However, the possibility of developing addiction represents danger for those who take Guarana.
One more natural remedy to overwhelm obesity is Hoodia, which is considered to be a powerful appetite suppressant. Hoodia’s steroidal glycosides are supposed to affect hypothalamus, making the body feel satiety, even if a person ate next to nothing. In addition, this miraculous appetite killer from Kalahari Desert is not a stimulant, which may be important to many people, who are going to fight excessive weight with the help of Hoodia.
The final note concerns a very important fact: herbal remedies may be very effective in dealing with weight maintenance and avoiding weight gain, if used only in combination with exercising and sensible eating. One should not overestimate the power of herbs and wait for the miraculous tincture to do all the work – no sweet without some sweat…
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