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Weight Gain - An Easy Transition From FIT to FAT...

Friday, August 27, 2010
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Weight Gain - An Easy Transition From FIT to FAT...
However conscious we may be of our food intake, we all go through phases of poor control where sensible diet plans fly out the window. During festival time or vacation time, especially, we tend to become a little carefree and give into temptations. Could these few weeks of overeating, drinking and merry making have any long term impacts?

A study published in the BioMed Central’s open access journal, Nutrition and Metabolism found that a 4 week episode of increased intake and decreased exercise can lead to increased weight and fat mass more than two years later, as compared to control individuals.

Åsa Ernersson along with a team of researchers from Linköping University Sweden investigated the long term effects of a sedentary and gluttonous lifestyle on 18 subjects with an average age of 26 years. Their food consumption was increased such that their energy intake was increased by an average of 70% for four weeks. Their physical activity was limited to no more than 5000 steps per day. The control group ate and exercised as normal.



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31 August, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy The mantra should be to follow a balanced diet and exercise regimen through out the year to sustain weight loss and its management. Even if we eat an extra sweet or savory during festivals, we need to walk an extra mile the next day to burn it off. Just because we can burn those extra calories we can't indulge in high fat and sugary foods everyday.

30 August, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Tell me Geetanjalli how do we deal with this situation.People do know that they should not discontinue exercises to prevent any weight gain or even more dangerous, swinging back to double their size-the classic yo-yo effect and yet we have plenty of people who go overboard with their exercising or are pursuing athletic activities or vigorous dancing when young and then suddenly they just give up all activity totally.

31 August, 2010 | Nilanjana N | Reply

Nilanjana N Dear Ms. Iyingar, I am a 50 year old who probably fits your description.
I was a very active swimmer and jogger, but after having kids and getting caught up with family life and work - things got too busy and the first compromise i did was my exercise went for a toss.
Now I am probably 40-50 pounds overweight, and I barely do any serious exercise. No time.
I hate looking at myself, but dont see any solutions.
I keep telling myself - some day. My husband is also overweight - so we just look at each other and laugh.

03 September, 2010 | Ankita Nigam | Reply

Ankita Nigam Hi Nilangana!! I would like to tell u that if u are not getting time for exercise then keep tredmill and walk on it while watching TV so can utilise that time for some positive work...

04 September, 2010 | Nilanjana | Reply

Nilanjana Thanks Ankita,
I know, I know, I need to get off my butt, do something, lose a little at a time.
I should get back to swimming somehow, must make time for ME.
will keep u posted.
Whatever I lose comes back with a vengeance.

31 August, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Dear Nilanjana, You have both my empathy and my suggestion. Since you loved being fit it will still be a part of your basic philosophy and because you gotten `fat' it does not mean you cannot work towards fit again. Start again with baby steps. Take a walk with your husband who also needs to get there, for 30 mts at a speed you both are comfortable with, and then increase both the pace and the time. Alternatively you can use the treadmill. You can always get back to jogging and I am sure you would love to get back to swimming. Even better make it a family affair. Simultaneously focus on what you eat if you have let go on that area too- a good healthy balanced diet. This applies for the family too.
P.S: We will help you get there if you register on, and help you enjoy it too.

31 August, 2010 | Geetanjali | Reply

Geetanjali I agree with you. We often hear from older people who claim that they used to exercise when they were young, or I was my schools best athlete. The same people over a period of time as they age either due to ignorance or lack of time or stress of work completely give up activity and put on that extra weight. Mechanization and increased comfort have reduced the activity levels of people. I feel there is a need to propagate the importance of healthy lifestyle, regular exercise amongst population of all ages. Being active and eating healthy should be ingrained in our daily routines. It might be difficult initially but once an individual is convinced of the importance he/she will definitely follow.

30 August, 2010 | Geetanjali Kelkar | Reply

Geetanjali Kelkar The bottom line, any individual who loses weight with great efforts should not abruptly stop exercise or activity and changed dietary habits. It is advisable to continue lifelong to prevent any weight swinging back or yo-yo effects.

28 August, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi This situation is compounded as a person gets older. Apart from indulging in extra calories and high energy food ( junk, fried foods, sweets etc) even with occasional binging or letting go- the metabolism also slows down and a person expends less energy at normal physical activity than when younger unless the person is consciously and actively working out.

29 August, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Quite right Viji. eg. it is a known fact that menopausal women gain 1 lb per year on an average.So they have to be extremely careful about their lifestyle. If for some reason they do have phases of eating higher calories than they are used to, they absolutely must compensate by exrecising that much more.

31 August, 2010 | Anuradha Tejpal, NJ | Reply

Anuradha Tejpal, NJ I have a problem, for I have put on on average 10 pounds in each past 5 years.
It just crept up on, and now I cannot shake it off. I do go for 45 minutes to 1 hour walk every day and watch what I eat.
Nothing helps.
I am sure I am eating more than I should be, but I think my walking should be helping me too.

01 September, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Ms Tejpal,
You have not mentioned your age, but if you are above 40 years of age, then the weight gain can be attributed to mid life weight gain and hormonal changes taking place in your body. You have probably been walking this much for a long time, and your body has got accustomed to it.You may now need to increase your pace or include other forms of exercise to start losing weight. You will have to be careful of what you eat as well. If you feel the need for personalised guidance you can sign up for our weight loss programme.

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