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Is Your Body Shape Risk For Your Health?

Your body shape is largely depended on your genetic make-up but it can be very useful in understanding your overall health. Being overweight is linked to health problems. If you know what health issues your body type is prone to, it will help you take preventive measures & manage your health better.

According to latest studies it’s not the amount of weight you carry but also where you can carry it can help predict your future health risks.

You can easily identify your body type through a simple method of hip to waist ratio measurement. The most common type of body shape are apple & pear shape. Lets see what out what does it exactly mean.

Body Type:

Apple shape- Individuals who tend to store body fat around their waists are considered to be apple-shaped because, like the fruit, they’re largest around the middle. The apple-shaped” body type, is more common among men.

Pear shaped- Pear-shaped individuals, on the other hand, store more of their excess body fat around their hips, buttocks and thighs. This body type is more common in women.

How do you know which fruit you most resemble?

The answer lies in a measurement called the waist to hip ratio (WHR). To determine your WHR, all you need is a tape measure and a calculator.

If your WHR is 0.85 or less, your body can be classified as pear-shaped. If your WHR is higher than 1, your body shape falls into the apple category. To a large degree, the shape of your body determines which type of fat you’ll accumulate most when you gain weight.

More about health & Pear and Apple shape

Pear Shape (Low Health Risk)
If you’re a pear shape, you tend to carry most of your weight in your hips, thighs and buttocks. Storing fat in your lower half is actually a healthier site for fat accumulation. Research shows that storing fat here and upper torso, you’re an apple shape. People who are apple-shaped and tend to carry more weight around their waists (commonly referred to as a “pot belly”) are at a greater risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes than pear-shaped people.

Things to be remember

But if you’re an apple shape, it’s particularly important that you take action to achieve a healthy weight.

You can do this by making lifestyle changes to improve your diet and increase your physical activity.

Remember, physical activity can improve the health of anyone who is overweight, and it’s not just a matter of burning calories: your heart, lungs and circulation will benefit too.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Does Sweating Result in Weight Loss

One of the most common myths in fitness is that sweating helps you lose weight and burn more fat. There are lot of weight loss companies that use the technology of steam/sauna baths to make you sweat for weight loss. In reality the weight loss experienced with high temperature is water weight lost through sweating.  Sweating is our body’s natural way of cooling the system. Whenever there is rise in temperature which could be due to physical activity or general increase in temperature we break  in to sweat.

Let us give you an example of what we mean by losing water weight. Start with weighing yourself. Then sit in a room, in the middle of summer, without a fan and ac. You will sweat a lot due to the heat. After one hour you go and weight yourself. You will see you have lost a few grams on the weighing scale. Now go and drink a litre of water and then weigh your self. You will see that the weighing scale is back to your original weight. A note that it is impossible to put on weight with drinking water as it has zero calories. So now you might be more wise before you sign for a spa weight loss program.

There are genetic and fitness reasons why some people sweat more than the others. For-eg men sweat more than women because women sweat at higher temperatures than men. Then fitter people tend to sweat lesser than non-fit people doing the same physical activity  and lastly overweight people tend to sweat the most is because fat acts like an insulator under the skin that raises the body temperature a lot faster.

Our body is constantly working and therefore it burns calories, this phenomenon is also commonly known as body metabolic rate. The idea here to make you aware that sweating has nothing to do with weight loss. It is right kind of exercise and diet that help you lose weight. Exercise should be planned around the fitness levels and bodytype of an individual. Lot of people also consider walking as an exercise but it actually a form of physical activity. And you do not lose weight with just walking everyday. Walking is good when you are looking to manage your weight and lose it. Read here to know why walking doesnt help in weight loss.

Lastly one must be careful what you eat when on a weight loss program. Exercise alone will not give you the desired results. Half of your weight issues stem from unhealthy eating. Stay away from generic fad diets easily available everywhere. Not only do they not help in weight loss they also deprive your body of key nutrition. Make sure your diet is well-balanced. Dont hesitate to take professional help to understand what diet is best for you.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Does Low Calorie Diet Work?

Have you ever wondered why you have gained weight over a certain period of time? Many of your answers would point to not eating healthy food, not exercising or simply – not making health and fitness a priority. If you know the reasons that have resulted in weight gain then working on those factors could help you lose those pounds again. But does it actually work this way or is there more to losing weight than just eating food.

Lifestyle has a major impact on your weight loss efforts. You were lean before and still eat the same food, but somehow you started gaining weight. Weight gain can happen due to many factors other than just eating unhealthy food. Your sleeping patterns, stress at work, late nights, changing eating patterns, hormonal change, skipping meals, alcohol consumption, smoking, no workouts, sedentary work life, leisurely lifestyle etc. The list can go on and on and there innumerable such reasons which might seem small, but all add up to have a huge impact on weight management.

Exercise plays a vital role in weight management as it helps to improve blood flow and circulation in the body, accelerates metabolism for faster calorie burn and lowers your stress levels. Most people who are really not into working out regularly, walk or jog for 20 minutes once in a while or maybe hit the gym occasionally. What happens after this workout? Drinking some energy drink or eating an unhealthy snack instantly neutralizes the calories burnt and there is no net fat loss! If you are looking to lose weight then you need to burn enough calories through the day to see actual weight loss. It is vital to understand that the calories burnt per day should not exceed the calories consumed. Your regular body functions such as digestion also burn calories. Regular exercise increases calorie burn during rest, making the process easier and faster.

It is difficult to count calories at every meal. Knowing which foods are healthy and unhealthy food is also not enough. Unhealthy foods are fattening but high calorie healthy foods could also lead to weight gain. Dairy,nuts, certain meats, etc. are healthy but excess of it could lead to weight gain. Eating more food than the body requires will store the extra calories over a period, converting it into unhealthy fat.

If you are trying to lose weight and get fit then look for a healthy weight management program where the plan is made according to your lifestyle and your basic body and health requirements. Every human body is unique and responds differently to the same foods and meal patterns. Along with the diet, exercise plays an important role in weight management.

A successful plan should be able to offer you flexibility as well as a structured routine to compliment your fitness level. This is key to keeping you motivated. Your goal should be fitness and not simply weight loss because the main incentive to lose weight is to be healthy. Going after only weight loss might deprive you of key elements, such as loss of muscle and immunity. So you might have lost weight on the scale, but are not healthy and fit. Being on a weight loss diet does not mean you deprive yourself of essential nutrients. Your diet should be healthy and balanced so that whatever weight you are losing, is only unhealthy fat.

So, to lose weight and get fitter and healthier, you need to follow a healthy and balanced diet with proper guidance, supplemented with regular exercise and rest.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Five Best Exercises For Weight Loss

Exercise is a weight loss booster as it accelerates burning of calories and the fastest mean to burn fat and lose weight. You can choose exercise according to your body type for losing weight from specific areas like glutes, thighs, belly etc. Playing sports or lifting weight is equivalently beneficial in dropping some extra pounds from the body. More muscles induce higher metabolic rate and exercise helps build muscle for you to burn more calories while resting.

Man exercising(Cr/freedigital)

The idea behind losing weight with exercise is to cut down on accumulated fat. As our body needs fuel for daily functioning we have to eat a certain amount of calories to meet the requirement. Diet can make us lose weight but exercise accelerates the weight loss process. Balanced diet with exercise is the best combination for weight loss. Start your exercise plan
according to your body type and shape up your self from losing the hanging belly to bulging biceps and a toned body.

Shake yourself and get started with your exercise plan for quick weight loss and define your own body. Here are some exercises for weight loss.

Planks: Start your exercise routine with plank exercises as it warms  up the body while stabilizing the muscles. Planks are one of the best exercise for building abs and building core strength. Core is required in anything that we do from lifting, walking etc. Strong core with help  move the body with ease and be active for intense workouts. Most of us have hanging bellies which start getting conditioned and toned with plank exercise. Include side planks to further increase the benefits.

Squats: Toned legs get many eyeballs rolling down and squats is a super exercise to work the legs. Less people work on their lower body which makes the body look uneven. Toned legs will give you are better and confident walk. Squats work the entire body and can be done in variations. It tones and burns fat in the glutes, thighs and hamstring areas. You can use weights to make squats intense or can do it using body. Check whether you are doing the right posture otherwise you could complain for back ache.

Push ups: The exercise works the upper body and increases the strength of forearms, wrist, upper arms, shoulders and chest. They accelerate the blood flow in the body and improves heart health. Using various grips like diamond pushups, close grip, wide grip benefit and work different muscle in the upper body. If you are a women you can do women pushups to slowly strengthen your upper body.

Russian Twist: If fat on your sides and belly is troubling you and you want to increase your enduarance  then do Russian Twist. This exercise works the core and obliques working for a flat and defined waist and stomach. Include the exercise in your routine and burn fat around you belly. Use swiss balls or snay thing to hold between your hands to increase the intensity of the exercise.

Bur pees: It is a great aerobic exercise that works the entire body and tests your guts too. It involves your legs, back, torso, neck and arms. It involves in jumping, squatting and stretching in one exercise. It accelerates the calorie burn as it involves many muscles and involves lots of fast movements. To intensify the exercise set time limit to perform a definite number of repetitions.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Diet for Diabetics

Dealing with a therapeutic condition can be difficult. Managing the diet is of utmost important but it mostly comes at a cost of either following a very difficult routine or being given options that are unappetizing making it difficult to manage the condition through diet.

Vegetables(Cr/freedigital)

Diabetes is one such therapeutic condition where managing the diet is critical to ensuring that the insulin levels are in control. Diabetes is relatively easy to control with a help of correct diet and exercise program.

The rise in blood sugar is seen due to eating unhealthy, not exercising and consuming fattening foods. This can be managed or controlled by eating foods that slowly breakdown in the body and slowly release the glucose in the body preventing the blood sugar levels to rise quickly. These particular kind of foods are also known to have a low-glycemic index. Every diet program also needs to be customized your body type and physical needs. People that are more active require different calorie intake versus people who are not so active.

Some of the foods highly recommended for diabetic patients are vegetables like green peas, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bitter gourd, garlic etc are some of the healthy options. Eat beans, green vegetables, chickpeas, dals etc which will keep you fuller and maintain blood sugar levels. Include fengureek, Basel leaves and some quantity of lean meat and fish.

Diet alone will not be as effective. Exercise fit for your physical ability and body type is essential to show results. If you find it difficult to get started then condition your self slowly to set a routine. Tell yourself everyday in the evening you will go for a walk, water your plants or just engage in mid intensity household chores. Slowly increase the intensity and explore activities that will keep this routine going. Better still you can even get together with your friends or family to play a light sport or go for a walk /jog in the evenings or early mornings.

Lastly maintain a strict routine for your meal timings. Even if you watch what you eat and exercise regularly but don’t care about your meal timings it can completely harm the momentum. Make sure you dont skip your meals and eat them at recommended intervals so that the body is able to function normally.

In case you find it difficult to get started on your own then you can get professional help. This can help you atleast get started on a routine and get you on track before you can independently take charge of your health  and adopt a healthy lifestyle for good.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Ideal Body Weight

Commonly ideal body weight is calculated  with a formula that takes into consideration your height in accordance to your weight ? But is it the ideal body weight to refer to? Not really, as ideal weight does not only depend on height but on many other factors like the fat percentage in the body, muscles and bone ratio and age and gender. Height can give you an approximate idea but not definite ideal weight. We have repeatedly told you that no two people of the same height and weight can have the same ideal weight. Age and body types are some of the few elements that differentiate two individuals.

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Here is a table for ideal body weight range, for both men and women. You can use it as a height-weight calculator as well.

Men   Women
Height Weight   Height Weight
4’5 28-35 Kg   4’5 28-35 Kg
4’6 30-39 Kg   4’6 30-37 Kg
4’7 33-40 Kg   4’7 32-40 Kg
4’8 35-44 Kg   4’8 35-42 Kg
4’9 38-46 Kg   4’9 36-45 Kg
4’10 40-50 Kg   4’10 39-47 Kg
4’11 43-53 Kg   4’11 40-50 Kg
5’1 45-55 Kg   5’1 43-52 Kg
5’2 48-59 Kg   5’2 45-55 Kg
5’3 50-61 Kg   5’3 47-57 Kg
5’4 53-65 Kg   5’4 49-60 Kg
5’5 55-68 Kg   5’5 51-62 Kg
5’6 58-70 Kg   5’6 53-65 Kg
5’7 60-74 Kg   5’7 55-67 Kg
5’8 63-76 Kg   5’8 57-70 Kg
5’9 65-80 Kg   5’9 59-72 Kg
5’10 67-83 Kg   5’10 61-75 Kg
5’11 70-85 Kg   5’11 63-77  Kg
6’1 72-89 Kg   6’1 65-80 Kg

According to a study women tend consider ideal weight for their height and age lesser than what is medically recommended forcing them to resort to yo-yo diets to achieve their target.While men tend you lean towards the higher range working on building more muscle through supplements or a high protein diet. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo