Obesity Treatment Options in India

Obesity Treatment Options in India

Once you have realized that you are obese and decided to have a treatment for it, then the job can be streamlined.
Obesity Treatment depends on the level of obesity, overall health condition, and motivation to lose weight. It is also necessary to see if other metabolic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease etc. coexist. There is no single method to treat obesity. A combination of diet, exercise, lifestyle modification, behavior modification may be used as the method of obesity treatment. In a few extreme cases of severe obesity, gastrointestinal surgery or liposuction may be necessary.


If you are obese, try to achieve a goal of losing roughly 10 to 15 percent of your weight per year for the first 3 to 4 years. After reduction of 10 percent body weight, you will start feeling good. This will alleviate most of the symptoms due to problems linked to obesity. You may see a fall in HbA1c if you are a diabetic, fall in blood pressure if you are hypertensive and so on. Thereafter you can slow down the rate of weight loss to 5 to 8 percent per year until you reach your near ideal weight based on your height. Too rapid weight loss can cause muscle loss rather than fat loss and may cause deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Losing weight by maintaining health is important.

The goal of obesity treatment should be to reach and stay at a healthy weight (BMI in the range of 20 to 24). You have to work with a team of health professionals like a dietitian, an obesity specialist, to understand and make changes in your lifestyle (eating and exercise habits).

Obesity treatment methods include:

Diet Modification:

Calorie deficit balanced diet (CDBD) is very useful method to reduce excess weight. Eat natural low fat diet like chapati, fulka, idli, lo-fat dosa, sprouts, cucumber, egg-whites, carrots etc. Even if this looks difficult, consult your dietitian and let him prescribe low calorie nutritious diet for you. Avoid  foods like desserts, candies, fats and processed foods which are are high in energy density.

Do not count only calories:

Many people make the mistake of eating fewer calories irrespective of its source. Yes, eat fewer calories, but let there be sufficient protein, essential fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. At Fitjog.com, we do not advise to eat fewer calories at the expense of nutrition. Also we advise to have fewer “PERCENT” calories. For example, we may advise to consume 20 percent fewer calories rather than asking to eat 1000 or 1200 calories per day.

How to feel full by eating fewer calories?

All foods of equal size do not have same calories and nutrition. Energy density of certain processed foods like desserts or candies is higher than other foods. Natural foods are less energy dense and more nutrient dense. Actually the root of obesity is our habit of eating refined and processed foods.