here comes a day when the word slimming is part of our vocabulary. Concepts such as diet, weight, extra centimeters, are becoming familiar. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about what to do. Before we lose our temper, become more nervous and think that “this really has to change”, we must start by making the situation positive and acting very calmly. Not by gaining a little weight the world ends.
Looking for the Ideal Weight
First of all, before we think about losing weight, we must know why we should do it, and for that, there is nothing better than knowing if we need it or not. There is a mathematical formula, used by most endocrinologists, that can help us unravel the mystery of whether or not we are in the so-called ideal weight. The formula consists of dividing our weight (in kilograms) by the height in meters squared (i. e. multiplied by itself).
- Result between 20 and 25: Weight is normal.
- Result between 25 and 27: We are slightly overweight.
- Result between 27 and 30: We are really overweight.
- Result of more than 30: We are suffering from obesity.
Let’s imagine that a person measures 1.75 centimeters and weighs 65 kilos. The operation is simple 1.75 X 1.75 = 3.06. 65/3,06 = 21. In this case, the person would be of normal weight. Of course, the calculation is indicative.
The fear of being overweight is one of the factors that determine that many times we worry before now about a phenomenon that perhaps has not yet manifested itself. First of all, we must distinguish between various types of overweight:
1. Genetic Overweight
The fact that our parents suffer from overweight problems does not mean that we should also suffer from it. It is true that from the parents we can inherit a certain physical complexion, as well as the tendency to accumulate fat in certain body areas, but not the weight or amount of fatty tissue.
Although we have already commented that the genetic factor is not definitive, if it is the predominance of gastronomy and the customs of the family environment. In other words, the influences and eating habits that we have acquired since childhood are more important than the mere hereditary issue. If we, as children, have followed an inadequate diet or become accustomed to overeating, it will be a problem for us as adults to abandon those habits that, almost certainly, will negatively affect our weight.
On another front, there are jobs that can be a dietary trap. Specifically, we are referring to those jobs that revolve around food, create stress or involve a disturbed schedule that invites snacking.
From a general point of view, an adult who maintains normal activity needs about 2,000 or 2,500 calories per day. Therefore, anything above this will result in weight gain.
It is clear that calorie intake will also depend on the activity we do at the end of the day. We will not spend the same if we are walking or doing a series of activities that involve a lot of wear and tear as if we are sitting down richly.