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The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Healthy Life -

CO­NUN­DRUM : we live in an era of abun­dance — yet we are chron­i­cally ill and over­weight. Many of us try lose-weightquickly prod­ucts, tread­mills and boot camps that pro­vide only tem­po­rary body-weight con­trol.

There are road blocks on the way to weight loss. The fact that we are not act­ing as na­ture in­tended is the ma­jor is­sue, with over-nour­ish­ment and un­der-ac­tiv­ity.

Bio­chem­i­cal re­ac­tions caused by low-grade con­stant stress, anx­i­ety and emo­tional eat­ing, wrong food choices, lack of nu­tri­ents (pro­cessed and nu­tri­ent-poor foods) and bac­te­rial im­bal­ance in the gut all in­crease our body-fat tis­sue. If ex­tra weight creeps up around the mid­dle, dam­age to health starts from within, as ab­dom­i­nal fat tis­sue se­cretes un­wanted hor­mones and in­creases ap­petite.

Your body is com­posed of mus­cle tis­sue, bone, fat and liq­uids in­side and out­side your cells. As a nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist, I make use of “bioImpedance anal­y­sis” (BIA) to gauge the mass of body com­po­nents, in or­der to pre­cisely mea­sure your per­sonal calo­rie re­quire­ments — the amount that will en­able you to sus­tain a healthy body and not overeat. The calo­ries are trans­lated into nu­tri­tious foods and dishes to sup­port your weight loss and on this régime you never get hun­gry.

Weight loss of­ten plateaus, due to a drop in meta­bolic rate and to detox­i­fi­ca­tion is­sues. BIA al­lows a nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist to mon­i­tor the change, adapt the pro­gramme and avoid this drop in the rate of weight loss.

If you have sig­nif­i­cant ex­cess body fat, bari­atric surgery, with a nu­tri­tion­ist’s sup­port, works as a jump-start.

Af­ter los­ing weight, keep up the rec­om­mended nu­tri­tion régime, as it is not a diet (re­stric­tion of foods) but a healthy, nat­u­ral way of eat­ing. This is im­por­tant whether you have a gas­tric re­stric­tion, have had one re­moved or if you lost weight with a new way of eat­ing and be­com­ing more ac­tive.

To avoid hunger, eat small, fre­quent meals with a good help­ing of pro­tein in each. Skip­ping meals will only slow down your meta­bolic rate, so eat at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Do not rush meals; your brain needs time to sig­nal that you are full. Stay ac­tive and vary your ex­er­cise rou­tine. Good sleep helps weight loss; stress hin­ders it. Rest and stay calm. Drink green tea and add cin­na­mon, sea­weed like nori or kelp, cold pressed olive oil and a small quan­tity of nuts, es­pe­cially wal­nuts, to your diet to keep weight sta­ble. Natalie R Gil­lan is a nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist, bari­atric nu­tri­tion­ist, at High­gate Hos­pi­tal and in Har­ley Street, Lon­don www.high­gate­hos­pi­tal.co.uk nrg@nu­tri­tional-en­ergy.co.uk

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