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Obesity

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Here is another experience about another client query. I got this call from a prospective client. Now over the phone she sounded desperate and depressed. I had not spoken to her ever before. So she went about telling me her history. She asked me if I could make out from her voice that she had been crying all night. And yes I could. Now read her story further….

This is what she said-

I am 24 year old woman. Married for a couple of years now. My weight has been a problem always but now it has increased beyond any limits. I am only about 5 ft tall and weigh 352 lbs. Because of my weight I have not been able to conceive. Earlier there were problems when I could not find clothes of my size in the market. Then the condition worsened to the effect that for days I could get up from my bed. Now, even my personal hygiene is not in my control. Very often I do not realize when I wet my bed. I have a 24 hour nurses with me because even for day to day activity I am dependent on them. I can barely breathe. I keep crying, feeling low and depressed. Can you help?

I was bewildered. If a person was unable to go to even restroom, how could I as a fitness trainer help her and make her exercise? Here was a person who was unable to get up from her bed on her own. Sure this was a very challenging case. But was I ready? Was it ethical on my part to take her? I knew she would not be able to come to my fitness centre on daily basis to workout with me. Then what was the solution?

Should I, as a trainer be suggesting her to go for surgery?
In my next blog read about surgery.

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July 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Obesity

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Here is another experience about another client query. I got this call from a prospective client. Now over the phone she sounded desperate and depressed. I had not spoken to her ever before. So she went about telling me her history. She asked me if I could make out from her voice that she had been crying all night. And yes I could. Now read her story further….

This is what she said-

I am 24 year old woman. Married for a couple of years now. My weight has been a problem always but now it has increased beyond any limits. I am only about 5 ft tall and weigh 352 lbs. Because of my weight I have not been able to conceive. Earlier there were problems when I could not find clothes of my size in the market. Then the condition worsened to the effect that for days I could get up from my bed. Now, even my personal hygiene is not in my control. Very often I do not realize when I wet my bed. I have a 24 hour nurses with me because even for day to day activity I am dependent on them. I can barely breathe. I keep crying, feeling low and depressed. Can you help?

I was bewildered. If a person was unable to go to even restroom, how could I as a fitness trainer help her and make her exercise? Here was a person who was unable to get up from her bed on her own. Sure this was a very challenging case. But was I ready? Was it ethical on my part to take her? I knew she would not be able to come to my fitness centre on daily basis to workout with me. Then what was the solution?

Should I, as a trainer be suggesting her to go for surgery?
In my next blog read about surgery.

Written by kiransawhney

July 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Obesity

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Here is another experience about another client query. I got this call from a prospective client. Now over the phone she sounded desperate and depressed. I had not spoken to her ever before. So she went about telling me her history. She asked me if I could make out from her voice that she had been crying all night. And yes I could. Now read her story further….

This is what she said-

I am 24 year old woman. Married for a couple of years now. My weight has been a problem always but now it has increased beyond any limits. I am only about 5 ft tall and weigh 352 lbs. Because of my weight I have not been able to conceive. Earlier there were problems when I could not find clothes of my size in the market. Then the condition worsened to the effect that for days I could get up from my bed. Now, even my personal hygiene is not in my control. Very often I do not realize when I wet my bed. I have a 24 hour nurses with me because even for day to day activity I am dependent on them. I can barely breathe. I keep crying, feeling low and depressed. Can you help?

I was bewildered. If a person was unable to go to even restroom, how could I as a fitness trainer help her and make her exercise? Here was a person who was unable to get up from her bed on her own. Sure this was a very challenging case. But was I ready? Was it ethical on my part to take her? I knew she would not be able to come to my fitness centre on daily basis to workout with me. Then what was the solution?

Should I, as a trainer be suggesting her to go for surgery?
In my next blog read about surgery.

Written by kiransawhney

July 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm

THE AYURVEDIC – TREATMENT OF OBESITY

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In our Ancient books of Ayurvedic medicine, we find reference to obesity, and its treatment. The text of Bhava Prakash devotes chapters to this problem – they mention certain herbs i.e. plants and their products, that can successfully combat obesity.

Haritaki: Which reduces accumulated Vata. Although overweight is usually as a result of Kapha imbalance, accumulated Vata in addition to obesity can cause problems of the digestive system such as bloating, gas, constipation.

Amalaki“: which rejenuvates tissues, relieves irritation of digestive system and helps reduce unhealthy food cravings.

Bibhitaki” : which liquiefies and expels kapha accumulation in the digestive system.

Trikatu” : an aggregate of three common spices “black pepper”, ‘long piper’and ‘dry ginger’ promotes digestion.

Guggul” : which reduces fat and toxins and helps to check obesity.

In India since ancient times, physicians were aware of the problem of obesity and had taken measure to control it. Although herbs are far more effective and less harmful than conventional diet drugs for controlling obesity, they must only be taken under supervision of a qualified doctor.

Written by kiransawhney

June 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm

THE AYURVEDIC – TREATMENT OF OBESITY

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In our Ancient books of Ayurvedic medicine, we find reference to obesity, and its treatment. The text of Bhava Prakash devotes chapters to this problem – they mention certain herbs i.e. plants and their products, that can successfully combat obesity.

Haritaki: Which reduces accumulated Vata. Although overweight is usually as a result of Kapha imbalance, accumulated Vata in addition to obesity can cause problems of the digestive system such as bloating, gas, constipation.

Amalaki“: which rejenuvates tissues, relieves irritation of digestive system and helps reduce unhealthy food cravings.

Bibhitaki” : which liquiefies and expels kapha accumulation in the digestive system.

Trikatu” : an aggregate of three common spices “black pepper”, ‘long piper’and ‘dry ginger’ promotes digestion.

Guggul” : which reduces fat and toxins and helps to check obesity.

In India since ancient times, physicians were aware of the problem of obesity and had taken measure to control it. Although herbs are far more effective and less harmful than conventional diet drugs for controlling obesity, they must only be taken under supervision of a qualified doctor.

Written by kiransawhney

June 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm

THE AYURVEDIC – TREATMENT OF OBESITY

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In our Ancient books of Ayurvedic medicine, we find reference to obesity, and its treatment. The text of Bhava Prakash devotes chapters to this problem – they mention certain herbs i.e. plants and their products, that can successfully combat obesity.

Haritaki: Which reduces accumulated Vata. Although overweight is usually as a result of Kapha imbalance, accumulated Vata in addition to obesity can cause problems of the digestive system such as bloating, gas, constipation.

Amalaki“: which rejenuvates tissues, relieves irritation of digestive system and helps reduce unhealthy food cravings.

Bibhitaki” : which liquiefies and expels kapha accumulation in the digestive system.

Trikatu” : an aggregate of three common spices “black pepper”, ‘long piper’and ‘dry ginger’ promotes digestion.

Guggul” : which reduces fat and toxins and helps to check obesity.

In India since ancient times, physicians were aware of the problem of obesity and had taken measure to control it. Although herbs are far more effective and less harmful than conventional diet drugs for controlling obesity, they must only be taken under supervision of a qualified doctor.

Written by kiransawhney

June 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm

fit vs. fat

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Weight loss facts & fads
Obesity increases the risk of death and a variety of chronic diseases. Obesity is therefore a costly health concern, but it is also a very personal battle for many people, causing far-reaching problems from loss of mobility to low self-image. “The ubiquity of fast food outlets and soda vending machines, the huge increase in portion sizes at restaurants, the decline in school physical education programs, and the many hours spent on the Internet and watching television are all contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Defining the Terms
First, a definition of terms is in order. Body mass index (BMI) (bodyweight in kg divided by height in m2) is not the best measure of optimal weight since it does not take into consideration body composition. A bodybuilder who has only 7% body fat may be classified as obese by BMI standards since his/her musculature will add a considerable amount of weight to his/her body. With that said, obesity is defined as a BMI of >30, and overweight is a BMI of 25-29. Perhaps a better measure of whether one is overweight is percent body fat. Men and women who are above 24 and 28% body fat, respectively, are considered overweight.
Compare whether you are fit or fat?
Fit people sink in water… fat people float
Fit people burn fat…fat people burn sugar
Fit people can eat more…fat people diet and fast, lowering their metabolism
Exercise decreases hunger in fit people…exercise triggers hunger in fat people
When fit people exercise it is usually aerobic… when fat people exercise it is often anaerobic
Fit people can be overweight without being overfat. fat people can be overfat without being overweight

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June 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

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