Today, healthcare providers are taking a great challenge on the increasing number of the obesity problem. They will identify who will undertake weight loss programs due to health reasons and to come up with successful weight loss programs to address the problem. There are various associations and groups that develop a comprehensive treatment to partner with healthcare providers in treating patients who are affected by obesity or overweight.
It has been found out that weight loss is not centered on will power but it is about the behavior of people when they are surrounded by food, physical activities and changing the behavior to get help from professionals.
Based on the report, the new guideline is based on a review that gives a summary of the associated risks of obesity including the benefits obtained when the person undergoes a weight loss program. Also, it summarizes knowledgeable facts on proper diet for weight loss, effectiveness and efficacy of weight loss comprehensive lifestyle interventions and how to maintain weight loss. In addition, it includes bariatric surgery benefits and risks.
In the US, about 155 million people are suffering from overweight or obesity. Overweight has a body mass index of 25-29.9 while obesity has 30 or more. The body mass index (BMI) is used to get the excess body fat and measures the person’s body weight in relation to his height.
The report has a recommendation that health care providers must calculate the BMI annually or frequency to identify which individuals have higher risks of stroke and heart problems due to overweight problems. Also, the report shows an evidence that those who have a greater BMI have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and other cause of death.
Another recommendation is for health providers to develop an individualized weight loss program taking into consideration the three major components. These are:
- Moderate reduction of calorie diet.
- Increased physical activity.
- Behavioral strategies in helping patients achieve a healthy weight and maintain it.
To achieve these goals, it is recommended that a person must work with an experienced healthcare provider like a dietitian, expert weight loss counselor or a behavioral psychologist in the setting of a primary care.
In conducting a weight loss counselling, the participants must be those who need intervention for weight loss due to overweight or obesity problems that could lead to cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, and for women who have more 35 inches waistline and 40 inches in men.
The most effective program for behavior change is regular meetings with the healthcare provider for at least two to three times a month for six consecutive months or more depending on the case. Another option for weight loss program is by using the web or phone but according to research, this type of intervention is not as effective than one-on-one programs.
However, a comprehensive lifestyle program is not commonly available. This is ideal in assisting participants to follow a lower calorie diet and how to increase physical activities through behavioral strategies.
Other important recommendations are the following:
- To tailor dietary patterns depending on the patient’s health risks and food preferences. For instance, a patient suffering from high blood cholesterol will benefit from a diet which is low in calorie, low saturated fat as well as foods that they like most.
- To focus on how to achieve weight loss and sustain it. In the first 6 months, it is recommended to shed 5%-10%. This way, there is a greater chance to lower down high blood pressure, reduced medications and improve cholesterol level. Even a 3% sustained weight is a big achievement and can reduce associated health problems. Also, this would mean that factors affecting cardiovascular disease such as blood glucose, triglycerides and other factors are reduced.
- For individuals who have a BMI of more than 40 and suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes can consider bariatric surgery because it can give health benefits. However, the guidelines do not recommend surgery for patients who have a BMI below 35.
- To consider natural fat burner foods like green coffee bean, green tea, creatine, white kidney bean extract, gracianacambogia and raspberry ketone. These are found to provide significant effects on the weight loss program.
In addition, healthcare providers must not limit their intervention in providing an advise but should have an active participation in the patients weight loss program.
The obesity guideline is a prevention guideline to help people who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases and other relevant factors include lifestyle management, cardiovascular and cholesterol assessment.
Author: This post is written by James Hudson a fitness expert . Fitness is both my passion and career. I like to motivate people to reach their goals and becoming the person they know they can be.
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