Today’s aesthetic standards tend to have at least dubious parameters about the ideal weight and body shape, constantly driving the emergence of new aesthetic procedures and home methods with the aim of reducing measures significantly and in a short time. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos Global Advisor, in this pandemic period, Brazilians gained the most weight. Approximately half of the country’s population has gained an average of 6.5 kg in the last two years.
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There is no exact number of calories that should be consumed throughout the day.
Esthela Oliveira says that there is no exact number of calories that should be consumed throughout the day. This amount varies according to the needs of each individual’s body and the type of activity they perform. In addition, adopting a diet based only on low calorie consumption and with strict restrictions, which exclude food groups from the menu, can be a difficult method to be sustained in the long term.
“When the organism perceives periods of food shortage, it starts to preserve fat stores, which are essential for disposition and energy. And this can be dangerous, especially because of the so-called rebound effect, when there is considerable weight gain right after the period of food restriction”, explains the nutritionist.
Rebound effect can cause metabolic changes
With that in mind, Esthela Oliveira mentions some measures that, together, help to avoid the accordion effect.
- Do not exclude food groups: “Completely excluding some food groups can be a drastic measure, always prefer to seek the help of a professional, he can guide you on the ideal amounts of each food group for each organism”.
- Strictly restricted diets: “Restrictive diets are unsustainable in the long term, so the ideal is to change habits that result in food reeducation, making choices and relationship with food healthier.”
- Return to habits prior to weight loss: “It is important that healthy choices and awareness of what is consumed are not left aside after reaching the desired number on the scale. Returning to eating habits prior to weight loss results in the return of extra pounds. gradually and always with the assistance of a specialist who can help with the ideal food choices and complementary treatments for healthy weight loss.”
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