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What should be right body weight and what diet should I take to reduce weight?

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My current body weight is 87 kg. my height is 5 feet 10 inches. what should be right body weight? what diet should I take to reduce weight?
Posted Sun, 30 Jun 2013 in Weight
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 18 hours later

Thank you for posting the query.

The data provided by you indicated that your BMI (Body Mass Index) is 27.5 kg/m2. This means that your current body weight for height is more than the normal level. Normal BMI range is between 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2. The IBW (ideal Body weight) for you would be 76-80 Kg.

The possible reasons for increase in weight are many but predominantly lack of sufficient physical activity and overeating (high calorie intake), are the main culprits. Diet or exercise alone cannot XXXXXXX the requirements for a healthy weight loss. Hence, the key is a combination of both in our daily routine.

The main aim of the dietary modifications to achieve gradual and healthy weight loss while avoiding the nutrient deficiencies. You may consider the following points:

•     Reduce the calorie intake: Foods XXXXXXX in fat or sugar and the refined foods like refined wheat flour, provides more calories. It is advisable to limit the intake of these foods in the diet. You can start with a simple practice of avoiding sugar in your beverages like, tea and coffee, replacing the white bread slices with whole wheat breads.

•     Choose the fat wisely: The saturated fats like ghee, vanaspati, cream and butter do not qualify to be a part of your weight reduction diet plan. Vegetable oils are much safer when taken in controlled quantities. Limit the oil intake and completely avoid taking the deep or shallow fried foods.

•     Include fiber sources in your diet: Fibers are the insoluble parts of the plant food sources. Since they are not digested in our gut, they remain to be there for longer time and do not make us feel hungry. The fiber XXXXXXX foods like beans, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and cereals, fruits and vegetables are found to be helpful in losing weight.

•     Stay Hydrated: Drink water and other drinks like sugar free lemon juice and clear soups to keep the body hydrated.
•     Limit the intake of sugar, cream, cakes, chocolates, candies, sweets and restrict rice intake to once per day, preferably for lunch.

•     Divide your meals into smaller but frequent portions. And start the meals with raw salads, clear soups or even a glass of plain water.

•     Choose the low fat dairy products. Include low fat curd in daily diet.

•     If you eat non – vegetarian foods, stick to leaner options of fish and chicken and avoid egg yolk. Red meat and organ meats are also not suggested.

•     Include antioxidants in your diet. A liberal intake of fresh fruits and vegetables would provide its sufficient quantities. Also include green tea in your daily routine as this helps in boosting the metabolism.

It is important that you divide your intake judiciously throughout the day and avoid heavy meals immediately before going to bed. Take sufficient sleep, as it’s important for the body to relax.
Exercises are also equally important. Go for activities like playing badminton, cycling, swimming etc. This would save your activity routine from becoming monotonous. You can also start the basic abdominal crunches, targeting the abdominal fat. Regular brisk walk for 45 min. is a good option to start with.

Remember. It’s never too late to start!!!

Hope this satisfies your query.

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