Weight gain, figure correction etc are some of the terms we hear every day. With increasing affluence, people have become more body conscious and want to look good as well. The constant bombardment by the media of movie stars and the toned bodies they flaunt adds to envy. Further, there is much peer pressure as well, to look good and be a part of the ‘gang’.
But what is the meaning of ‘fat’ and why do people consider themselves so? Is their assumption scientific by nature? What is the use of trying to lose chubbiness without any idea of whether it is normal in the first place?
This is where the concept of BMI steps in. BMI is a scientific measure of the body fat of an individual and is obtained by dividing the weight of the individual in kilograms by the square of the height of the individual in meters. BMI is also called Quetelet Index. It is applicable for all men and women aged 20 and over. A BMI under 18.5 signifies that a person is underweight. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 signifies that a person is in the idea range and a BMI over 25 signifies that the person is overweight. A BMI over 30 implies that the particular individual is obese.
Every individual has a different body make up. Further, fat in the body is distributed differently and also accumulates in different places for different individuals. Hence, unless great attention is placed it is impossible to lose weight with intent on correcting the figure. Further, a careful correlation has to be established between the above BMI concepts and the scientifically validated weight reducing techniques. This is possible only with proper guidance and medical attention.
Crash diets, miracle pills and powders, heavy exercise, word-of-mouth advise, etc., may seem nice to hear. But they mostly have a detrimental effect on the body and cannot stand the rigour of a scientific analysis. Further, it is best that one places faith on specialists, so that there is a guaranteed change, as it is not a joke playing with one’s body.
This is where wellness institutes come in. With state of the art centres and highly qualified medical staff, these centres ensure that weight loss can be safe, healthy and fun. Further, they give correct advice based on the BMI and are able to ensure holistic care. There are different methods of weight loss adopted including surgical and non-surgical methods. The best methods are the ones that are non-invasive in nature and carrying no or minimal side effects. Most of the non-invasive methods are walk in and walk out procedures. Thus there is no downtime or need to wear belts etc.
While all people may not be able to afford enrolling in a wellness centre, the best method will be to have a balanced diet, to exercise regularly and go for walks to get some fresh air. Small things build together to make a big impact and in it lies the beauty of life!