Body Issues: body fat
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Why we need body fat
Body fat is vital for the maintenance of life and reproductive functions. Women need more body fat than men, due to the requirements of childbearing and breastfeeding.
‘Body fat percentage’ is a measure of a person’s relative body composition in which height or weight is irrelevant. The commonly used body mass index (BMI) compares the adiposity (amount of fat) of individuals of different heights and weights.
While a person’s BMI generally increases as their body’s fat content increases, it is not really an accurate indicator of body fat. For example, people with more muscle mass or bigger bones will have higher BMIs.
Obesity, the condition of being excessively fat or overweight, is a growing health problem around the world. Many cosmetic treatments are being offered to help those who are unable to lose weight using diet and exercise.
Even people who are not obese may worry if they carry unsightly pockets of body fat that cause lumps and bulges.
Tips for getting rid of excess body fat naturally
- Engage in regular cardio-vascular stimulating activities such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, dancing and/or swimming.
- Lift weights.
- Drink more water.
- Consume fewer calories than you burn.
- Eat nutritious foods.
- Avoid eating farm animals or their by-products unless the animals are guaranteed to have never been treated with hormone growth promotants (HGPs) or antibiotics. Both of these drugs cause weight gain. Growth-promoting hormones remain in the meat, poultry, dairy products and even the eggs we consume.
- Eat less meat/poultry. All meat/poultry, even if untreated, contains the animal’s natural growth-promoting hormones, which promote weight gain. (Vegetable protein is safe from this.)
- Reduce your intake of sugar.
- Reduce your intake of starchy carbohydrates, such as those found in bread, cakes, potatoes, pasta.
- Eat a full, balanced breakfast.
- Avoid drastic calorie reductions, as this can tip your body into ‘starvation mode’ , which makes it harder to lose fat.