Halal Consumer - Issue 47

By Naazish YarKhan Weight Management: What DoWe Have to Lose? According to livestrong.com, your body type and whether you are “endomorph, ectomorph, or mesomorph” should determine your exercise plan and your diet. The South Beach diet. The Paleo diet. The Atkins diet. The Mediterranean diet. And then there is the “see food, eat food” diet that the rest of us are on. Jokes aside, if you’ve tried to lose weight, or even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard about these diets. So when it comes to weight management, when is a good time to be concerned about your weight? Based on your height, you should be a certain weight and have a certain Body Mass Index (BMI). Certain weighing scales, trainers, and nutritionists can calculate BMI and guide you to your ideal weight. “It isn’t ever about just exercise or just diet or just adequate sleep and drinking sufficient water. Weight management is impacted by all the above,” says trainer Patti Lawler, of Ackerman Sports and Fitness, Glen Ellyn. “Keep your diet natural as much as possible. Read labels. Lots of food have sugar hidden in them. Make sure you are drinking those eight glasses of water a day.” If you aren’t in the market for a gym membership, a trainer, or a meal plan, you can always walk, lift weights, follow an exercise video, and even use your baby as natural weight while you do some ab work on a mat, at home. While that may be obvious, it is surprising how many of us cite “we don’t have time to go to the gym” as a reason to avoid exercising. Those who’ve successfully kept their weight off reveal that exercise probably accounts for twenty percent of weight loss while the rest is all about diet, especially to initially lose the weight. However, you have to experiment with different diets to find what works for you. If you are looking to purchase a program or food plan, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, your research should tell you, “What percentage of people complete the program? What is the average weight loss among people who finish the program? What percentage of people have problems or side effects? What are they? Are there fees or costs for additional items, such as dietary supplements?” Food Selection and Cost When you think of dieting, you imagine your grocery bills will shrink. Well, they may when it comes to snacks, but, you will most likely buy more protein products, more fresh produce, and fish. If you are looking for halal certified products, IFANCA certifies products like Cambridge Weight Plan and whey protein. So what will your weight management plan cost? The answer is it depends on your plan. What’s Your Body Type? According to livestrong.com, your body type and whether you are “endomorph, ectomorph, or mesomorph” should determine your exercise plan and your diet. Endomorphs WWW.IFANCA.ORG 32

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