Around seventy percent of Australians are overweight or obese. Yes, we have recently taken over as the fattest country on the planet. That’s one gold medal we can do without.
Virtually all overweight people have tried to lose some weight in the past. You don’t have to be all that observant to realise that current approaches are simply not working.
Typically people place far too much emphasis on exercise. It helps but you need to modify your eating regime for worthwhile long term fat loss. Hitting the gym alone is not the answer. That is why the gyms are full of fit fat people.
There is way too much emphasis on what our scales are telling us. At our clinic we really play down the importance of gross weight. The percentage of fat and measurements are far more an indication of desired results. After all girls, if you had a body like Elle McPherson and weighed 100kg, would you care? Of course not.
So FAT LOSS is the main goal. We need a scientific approach to be successful. The failure of a typical ‘diet’ where the main focus is calorie control is that you lose both fat and muscle. Since muscle is a major component of our metabolism and it burns about ten times the energy that fat does, we don’t want to lose any of it. Unfortunately, many lose five kilos which is comprised of three kilos of fat and two kilos of muscle. When the weight goes back on it is five kilos of fat so the net position is much worse than before the diet.
There is now a new category of “skinny fat” where a slim looking person might have fifty percent of their body weight as fat rather than an ideal of around twenty-five percent. This is due to this ‘yo-yo’ effect.
A successful fat loss eating plan will stimulate the metabolism, quickly reduce fat, maintain or build lean muscle and educate on how to make better lifestyle choices. The system also needs to be easy to comply with and comfortable to follow without hunger.
Debbie Chappell is a Bioenergetic Medicine Practitioner and Kinesiologist as well as a Director of Revival Anti Ageing Clinic. She can be contacted on 5471 2288.