Obesity is nothing but excess of body weight caused due to overeating, overconsumption of calories and lack of physical activity. Stress, genetics, toxins and side effects of medications can also lead to obesity. India ranks third when it comes to obesity among all countries and has around 30 million people suffering from obesity. One in five men and women are considered obese. The amount of body fat can be measured by using your weight and height. This is called body mass index. For people whose BMI lies in the range of 25 to 29.9, they referred as overweight. For people whose BMI is greater than 30, they are referred as obese. Obesity is contagious. Our social life affects our health more than in any way. If our friend is obese, it is likely for us to be obese. Obesity causes premature aging and death due to increased risk of heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.
Causes of obesity
How does sugar or sugary drinks leads to obesity?
Sugary drinks includes all the beverages like milk shakes, soft drinks, energy drinks and even the fruit juices. They are highly processed and have tons of sugar added to them. It increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and cancer. Even caffeine which is present in such drinks increases the risk of high blood pressure. Diet soda increases the risk of diabetes more than sugar sweetened sodas as they have artificial sweeteners which are more addictive. Artificial sweeteners are around 100 to 1000 times sweeter than regular table sugar. They increase the insulin fat storage hormone and causes belly fat, decreases the metabolism, increases sugar cravings and thus increases the body weight and leads to obesity along with diabetes and heart diseases. The food industry has caught hold of our taste buds and keeps on modifying them with increased sugar levels.
How does plant based nutrition dense diet reverses obesity?
A plant based nutrition dense diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes. One can eat as much as they want because they are very low in calories as compared to modern western diet. These foods have no cholesterol, additives and preservatives. Rather they have lots of fiber and are also low in sodium which helps in burning of fat easily. Consuming squash, white potatoes, corn, rice, green and yellow vegetables, like wax beans, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and onions are very effective for weight loss. Nuts and seeds like flax seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds are also very effective for treating obesity. One can also incorporate use of essential oils internally like grapefruit oil around 2 drops and cinnamon oil around 1 drop. Plant based nutrition dense diet helps in balancing the hormones and neurotransmitters in our body thus, provides proper signals to our brain when we are hungry.
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