Our weight can have a direct impact on our general health. It is important to try and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life by eating a well balanced and varied diet and by taking in part in regular exercise.
You are at risk of putting on weight and becoming obese if you eat more calories than those which you burn off through being physically active on a daily basis.
If you are severely overweight and have a high amount of body fat then you may be classed as obese. BMI can be a useful indicator for most people about whether or not they are within a healthy weight range.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) scale:
- Below 18.5 = underweight
- 18.5 to 24.9 = a healthy weight
- 25 to 29.9 = overweight
- 30 to 39.9 = obese
- 40 or above = severely obese
The BMI calculator does not always provide an accurate representation of healthy and unhealthy weights. This is because it only takes height and weight into account. Other factors can contribute to weight such as muscle mass, body fat percentage, bone density, gender and racial differences.
If you have concerns about your weight you should speak to your doctor.
Obesity can lead to an extensive list of health complications that have the potential to seriously impact on quality of life. Life altering conditions linked to obesity include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Some types of cancer
- Type-2 diabetes
Being overweight can affect our mental health too. Obesity has been linked to low self-esteem and depression.
The role of homeopathy in weight loss
Advocates for homoeopathy say that their all-natural remedies can help patients on their weight loss journey.
People can become overweight for a number of reasons. In homoeopathy the practitioner will look at the person as a whole in order to select the most suitable treatment. A homoeopath will look to determine:
- The areas of the body that are carrying the most excess fat.
- Any underlying health conditions such, as depression or hypothyroidism, that may be contributing to weight gain.
- The mental well being of the person.
Homoeopathic weight loss remedies are said to stimulate the body’s metabolism to encourage it to burn more fat.
Obesity is a health condition that can affect all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds. Poor diet choices and an inactive lifestyle can contribute to excessive weight gain.
Homeopathic remedies that are said to help people achieve or maintain a healthy weight include:
- Calcarea carbonica
- Natrum mur
- Antimonium crudum
- Nux vomica
It is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all weight loss scheme. If you choose to commence homeopathic treatment with the aim of losing weight you should discuss this with your GP first.
A healthy and balanced diet combined with regular exercise can help patients achieve their weight loss goals.