Health professionals urge people who are overweight to seek medical advice before embarking on a weight loss or dieting trip.
Recent research on obesity in Ghana by authors Richard Ofori-Asenso, Akosua Adom Agyeman, Amos Laar and Daniel Boateng found that 55 percent of the population in the greater Accra area are overweight or obsessed.
The percentage in the Ashanti region is 43, and 32 percent of the people in the northern region are either overweight or obese. The study, titled – Obesity and Obesity Epidemic in Ghana – a systematic review and meta-analysis, also found serious effects on the country’s health system and productivity.
Dr. Describing obesity as a genetic, lifestyle, and diet problem, Yaw Sarfo of MediCAS Hospital addresses the problem on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show and believes obese individuals should review their pre-medical conditions. ‘
“You may be eating right, but you may be gaining weight. There are other drugs that we doctors sometimes give patients that cause them to gain weight. Some of them are steroid drugs.
“So we need to do a thorough exam, take a medical history and a good family history, and then do a research before we start a weight journey,” he said.
Even so, some people who shared their weight loss journey express concern about “trying everything” but they don’t seem to see any positive effects on their weight. For example, one man said, “I’m 6.8 and I weigh 120. I’ve done my best to stay in shape and eat well, but everything I eat doesn’t suit me.”
He may not be the only person, but others, who called shared stories about their success in their weight loss. ‘
This woman shared how she did it: “When I know I’ve gained weight, I’ll do what I call the Daniel Fast. I dedicate about a month or 40 days to just eating vegetables. I don’t eat carbs or protein or anything. I only take vegetables. “
Excited about how the results felt, she proudly declared, “And within 30 days, I’ll be back down and back where I want to be.”
Another man, eager to share his story, revealed, “I did not eat heavy food after 7:00 pm. Instead, I did a few exercises and abdominal exercises. I didn’t joke with melon and orange juice and drank a lot of water before and after sleep. “
His journey involved many disciplined activities, including saying, “When I wake up, I make sure I walk and exercise for about 10 to 20 minutes.” His result is that he sees a drastic weight loss within two to three months, which pleases him.
But if obesity has become a difficult lifestyle to work on, what to do considering that it is an excessive accumulation of fat that has taken time to build up and takes time to work on.
Since it can potentially lead to other health problems, including heart and kidney failure, Dr. Margaret Mary Tohouenou, Nutritionist, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager at Nestlé Ghana Limited, shared some tidbits on how to deal with the situation.
First, she urges people in this situation not to put themselves under pressure by “trying several options, including the keto and Daniel diets and all that”.
The downside is that “you may stop eating certain types of food groups to promote another, but that may not get all of the nutrition your body needs to perform as expected.”
She repeats, “Before embarking on such a journey, you should consult a professional because one thinks what works for one person may not help another given the genetic differences.”
Dr. Tohouenou doesn’t want people with unrealistic goals to pressure themselves to “see results in no time”.
Don’t start dieting and “in a week or a month you want to lose five pounds. If you lose 500 grams every week it makes a lot of sense.”
Before embarking on such a journey, one goal is to be consistent with what an obese person intends to do.
Dr. Tohouenou wants such a person to “think of the minutes you want to do each week when you want to exercise. Whenever you are on a diet, make sure you eat a balanced diet. Sleep well too.”
One important thing to remember is that “all of these together will help you maintain your weight so you don’t get overweight or obese.”
Finally, Dr. Tohouenou that obese people “increase physical activity and watch what you eat”.