Weight Management

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the management of healthy weight. Experts suggest that an appropriate diet has an 80% role in losing weight. Healthy nutrition is also important in helping underweight people gain weight. Nutrition professionals assist in both short and long-term weight management.

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  • Weight loss: Obesity or being overweight not only affects the overall appearance of the body and reduces confidence, but it also increases the risk of several diseases. There are several ways to reduce weight. However, none of the weight-loss strategies work if people are not altering their dietary habits. It is thus important to take advice from a nutritionist before opting for any weight management strategy, including surgery.
  • Weight gain: A body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 is healthy. People with any value less than 18.5 falls into the category of underweight. Underweight people are at increased risk of osteoporosis (especially women), hair, skin, or teeth problems, fatigue, anemia, slow or impaired growth, preterm birth, irregular periods, and frequent illness.


Nutrition plays an important role in weight gain. The nutritionist may advise adding healthy calories to your diet by incorporating cheese, nuts, or white toast. Underweight people should consider nutritious carbohydrates, such as whole grains and high-protein meats. Such people should also consider adding snacks rich in proteins and carbohydrates. They should prefer strength exercise to aerobic exercise.

Overweight and obese people are at increased risk of developing the following diseases:

  • Cardiovascular diseases: People with high BMI are more likely to have hypertension and abnormal cholesterol levels. These factors increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes: Obesity increases the risk of insulin resistance leading to diabetes.
  • Osteoarthritis:Obesity promotes inflammation in the body. Further, the weight-bearing joints of obese people are under tremendous stress. Both of these factors increase the chances of osteoarthritis.
  • Digestive problems: Obese and overweight people also suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as gallbladder disease, heartburn, and liver problems.
  • Other: The other diseases include sleep apnea and certain types of cancer, such as cancers of the breast, ovary, cervix, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

A nutritionist may advise the following weight management measures for overweight or obese people :

  • Incorporate foods rich in nutrients and low in calories, such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and yogurt.
  • Eat small portions multiple times a day
  • Consume a diet with a lower amount of fat
  • Always analyze the nutritional composition of the packaged food, such as the amount of calories, sugar, and sodium.
  • Remain hydrated by consuming sufficient fluid