Is Dieting and Exercising Enough for Someone to Lose Weight?

Is Dieting and Exercising Enough for Someone to Lose Weight?

Calorie restricted weight loss diet has been the traditional way of losing weight. Calorie counting, eating less carbohydrates, eating more proteins has been touted as the fastest way to lose weight, others argue a low fat low-calorie diet is the best way to lose weight. Of course, every diet is supposed to be accompanied by an exercise regimen which allows the burning of calories. 

The idea is more calories burned and less calories consumed will equal weight loss. So if anyone diets appropriately and exercises regularly they should shed the pounds.

In theory, it sounds reasonable. In reality, it’s not that simple. 

Obesity is a complex multifactorial chronic disease that requires medical treatment just like any other medical problem.

Some factors that are involved in the genesis of obesity are:

  1. Genetic diseases
  2. Hormonal abnormalities
  3. Stress
  4. Metabolic disorders
  5. Exposure to toxins
  6. Infections
  7. Psychological disorders
  8. Nervous system abnormalities
  9. Abnormal gut flora 

In a good percentage of cases, a well planned low calorie nutritional balanced diet plus a regular exercise regimen of aerobic exercise and strength training should lead to weight loss, in some cases, especially in someone that has significant weight problem (BMI> 30) a full medical workup and treatment protocol may be needed. 



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Dr. Anteneh Roba

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