Obesity is the result of consuming more calories than a body burns. It takes a long time for this to occur, but insufficient exercise and a diet loaded with unhealthy calories are what contribute to most American obesity and overweight conditions.
Some Guidelines for Nutrition and Weight Loss
Patients are told to educate themselves on the many nutritional issues that will help them manage their diet by the National Institute of Health. Some guidelines for good nutrition and a healthy diet for weight loss include:
Reducing the calorie intake in one’s daily diet
Eating smaller pieces in every meal
Tracking portion sizes, nutritional content and meal compositions
Learning methods of food preparation that will contribute to a healthy diet
Selecting low fat meals
People who reduce caloric consumption slowly but consistently will often show the greatest success in losing weight and maintaining that weight loss. It appears that a steady progress during a diet or weight loss regimen is more effective than quick or sporadic reductions in caloric intake and meal portion sizes.
Relation of Hydration and Weight Loss
For optimal weight loss at least eight glasses of water should be consumed each day. Proper hydration is essential as it helps eliminate waste in the body and it contributes to a person feeling fuller longer.
As for a healthy back, the discs are comprised mostly of water. In order for them to exchange the fluids and nutrients necessary with the spine, they must remain hydrated. Any patient who is going through diet and exercise for weight loss also wants to stay hydrated because it helps metabolize fat and it helps reduce bloating.
Behavioral and Environmental Factors on Weight Loss
Take into account the behavior of a person and his environment when starting a diet program. Stress, sadness, anger, and even boredom can impact a patient’s diet plan and the amount of food he or she consumes.
Behavioral factors like feelings or mood change throughout the day. These can entice patients to eat at times when they are not really hungry or they can induce them to eat unhealthy foods.
Stressful situations and smells are environmental triggers that can also lead patients to eat when they are not hungry. They could react to external stimuli such as smells coming from a fast-food restaurant and end up eating a big calorie-filled meal when they had no plans to do so.
It is helpful for patients to keep a written log of what they eat. This can give them a good overview of the impact emotional and environmental factors have on them in the days and weeks of their diet.
Patients can reward themselves for positive behaviors in order to remain motivated and stay on track with a diet. They can develop a support system of friends and family as well.
Unhealthy Weight Loss
The above describe healthy means of losing weight to help alleviate back pain and promote fitness. There are, however, warning signs when weight loss is unhealthy.
Unhealthy weight loss is sudden and unexplainable. A loss of appetite, pain and other problems is symptomatic of something else being wrong. Depression, infections, or malnutrition could be the cause of unintentional weight loss.
If a patient had weighed a certain amount for a long time and then suddenly that weight drops or the person experiences appetite loss it could indicate a serious medical condition such as cancer.