Many people diet to improve their appearance, but there are also a large number of people who need to lose weight to improve their health. This is the case, as Dr.. Raquel Nogués, head of the Nutrition Unit of the Teknon Medical Center, of patients with obesity, cardiovascular problems, osteoarthritis, digestive pathologies.. However, not all of these people can follow the same diet to lose weight: "Although they can follow general guidelines to lose weight, it is essential that they follow personalized diets (designed according to age, sex, health status, type of work, schedules, physical activity and also tastes and customs). And it can not be treated in the same way a discrete overweight than a case that needs a more important weight loss, "says the doctor.
FOR A DIET TO BE REALLY EFFECTIVE, YOU MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERSON.
Healthy balanced diet
But, how is a healthy diet? According to Dr.. Nogués: "The more different foods we take the more 'healthy' nutritionally our food will be. There is no good or bad food for a healthy person (that is, that does not have a specific restriction for being diabetic, hypertensive or having high cholesterol). In fact, in the pyramid of the Mediterranean diet all foods are represented (even sweets!). What there is is a concept of quantity and frequency. There are foods that should be taken daily (vegetables, fruits, cereals, some ration of protein foods such as legumes, fish or meat ...) and others from time to time (sweets). "
I want to lose weight. What should I do?
"The first step is to get in touch with a professional who is well versed in the subject and with proven solvency. Only a good professional who takes into account all aspects surrounding the person can prescribe a proper diet, "says Dr.. Nogués.