Guidelines For Obesity
OBESITY is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in fatty tissue of humans and their mammals, is increased to a point where it is associated with certain health risks. Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem. Excessive fat percentage is associated with various diseases like heart attack, diabetes, back pain, slip disc, hypertension etc. In clinical setting, best way to evaluate obesity is hydrostatic weighting; other methods like BMI, waist circumference, skin-fold caliper are also in practice.
Exercise guidelines for OBESITY
• Consult certified dietitian before starting exercise routine.
• Balance may be a problem for the obese exerciser. Avoid exercise which requires balance in initial stages.
• Resistance training is recommended as adjunct to an aerobic exercise program and not as primary means for calorie expenditure.
• Large muscle group, aerobic activity is recommended for calorie expenditure and can result in significant fat loss over a period of time.
• Keep small weekly weight loss targets rather than keeping monthly or quarterly targets.
• Wear comfortable clothing and footwear appropriate for the temperature, humidity and activity.
• Since most overweight clients will not be able to exercise at a high intensity level, start with low intensity exercise.
• Do not lose weight more than 1-2 pounds per week.