One of the greatest health problems most urban citizens face these days is Obesity. The causes could be anything ranging from junk food & unhealthy lifestyles to improving standards of living and comfort seeking attitudes. Whatever the reason might be, the effects could be serious if the problem is ignored. Obesity has been acknowledged as the primary cause for some serious conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain kinds of heart and respiratory diseases. Not only this, it does not have the best psycho-social effects either because “Stoutness” is often connoted with “Ugliness”.

What can you do?
Well, a person could be overweight for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are genetics, metabolism, environment and eating habits. Depending on what the cause is, the treatment would be different. But there are certain principles that are applicable to all kinds of obese people. One such principle is the “Energy Balance Equation”. So according to this equation, No. of calories taken in – No. of calories sent out = Calories (Weight) retained.

So if you can just remember this simple equation, you'll understand why you are losing or putting on weight. There are several ways in which you can follow this equation. Some of them are:

• Eat less (Do not overdo it or it could lead to further problems like weakness, dizziness etc.)
• Workout (If you can force yourself to follow some kind of an exercise regimen, you'll definitely be burning more calories than without it).
• A mix of the above two ie Eat more but exercise even more.
• Keep a calorie count by eating healthy food and avoiding junk.

What to do if nothing works?
There could be people with genetic build ups and metabolic make ups such that their bodies make and retain fat easily. These people are the ones that find it the hardest to stay slim as no matter how healthy or how little they eat, their body always looks to manage to add it to the pound count. For such people, the will power to stay motivated is the most important factor. If one technique is not working for you, try the next and so on until you find the one that suits your body type the most. It is time taking and difficult but persistence is the key. So like the saying goes – “If you want it really bad, you'll get it for sure.”