Seek medical advice before embarking on a weight loss, dietary journey – Health Expert

Health experts ask obese people to consult a doctor before embarking on any weight loss or diet program.

Current research on obesity in Ghana by authors Richard Ofori-Asenso, Akosua Adom Agyeman, Amos Laar and Daniel Boateng found that 55% of people in the Greater Accra region are overweight or obsessed.

The percentage in the Ashanti region is 43, and 32 percent of those in the northern region are overweight or obese.

The study, titled – The Overweight and Obesity Epidemic in Ghana – A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, also noted serious implications for the country’s health system and productivity.

Addressing the issue on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Dr Yaw Sarfo of MediCAS Hospital, who describes obesity as a genetic problem, a modern lifestyle and nutrition, believes that obese people should check their conditions beforehand. -medical.

“You may be eating well, but you may be gaining weight. There are other medications that we doctors sometimes prescribe to patients that cause them to gain weight.

“Some of them are steroids. So we need to do a thorough assessment, take a medical history and a good family history, and then take note of it before starting a weight journey, ”he said.

Despite this, some people who have shared their weight loss journey worry about how they have tried everything, but they don’t seem to see a positive impact on their weight.

One man said, “My height is 6.8 and my weight is 120. I have tried my best to be in good shape and eat well, but everything I eat doesn’t look good on me.

He may not be the only person, but others have shared their stories of successful weight loss journeys as well.

Recounting how she did it, this woman said, “When I know that I have gained weight, I continue what I call the Daniel fast. I spend about a month or 40 days just getting vegetables.

“I don’t eat carbohydrates or protein or anything. I only take vegetables.

Thrilled with the results she is feeling, she proudly said, “And within 30 days, I’m down and back where I want to be.”

Another man who enthusiastically shared his story revealed, “I didn’t eat heavy food after 7pm. Instead, I did some exercise and stomach exercises. I didn’t joke with the melon and orange juice, and I also took a lot of water before and after sleeping.

His trip involved a lot of disciplined activities, including this one, he said, “Every time I wake up I make sure I do 10 to 20 minutes of walking and exercising. “

His result is that he sees drastic weight loss in two to three months, which makes him happy.

But if obesity has become a way of life, difficult to work on, what to do, bearing in mind that it is an excessive accumulation of fat that took a long time to build up and takes time to build up? to work.

Because it can create other health issues, including heart and kidney failure, Dr Margaret Mary Tohouenou, Nutritionist, Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs at Nestlé Ghana Limited, offered some information on handling the situation.

First, she urged people in this situation not to put pressure on themselves by “trying out several options, including the keto diet and Daniel and all that.”

The downside is that “you may be preventing the consumption of specific types of food groups to promote another, but this may not provide the total nutrition you need to keep your body functioning as expected.” She echoes “consult professionals before embarking on such a journey, because one thing that works for one person may not help another given genetic differences.”

Dr Tohouenou doesn’t want people to pressure themselves with unrealistic goals to “see results in a very short period of time.”

Don’t go on a diet, and ‘in a week or a month you want to lose five pounds. If you lose 500 grams every week, that makes a lot of sense.

Before starting such a journey, one goal is to be consistent in what an obese person sets out to do.

Dr Tohouenou wants such a person to “come up with the minutes you want to do each week if you want to exercise. If you are on a diet, make sure it is a balanced diet. Sleep well too.

“One important thing to remember is that ‘it all goes together to make you maintain your weight so that you don’t become overweight or obese.”

On a final note, Dr Tohouenou wants obese people to “increase their physical activities and be careful about what you eat”.

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