Women suffering from morbid obesity are known to have difficulty breathing and walking and are at greater risk of developing hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases. If this is you, then it is in your best interest to know that losing just ten percent of your weight lowers disease risk factors.
A curriculum combining supplements, proper dieting, relevant exercises and a healthy lifestyle is all you need to achieve short-term and long-lasting results. However, within this article we are focusing more on the right kind of diet to help you with your weight loss goals. Read on to find out more about the best diet for morbidly obese women.
1. Low-Calorie Diet
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that you lose one to two pounds per week by lowering the amount of calories you consume by between 500 and 1,000 calories per day or by consuming a low-calorie daily diet that contains between 1,000 and 1,200 calories or between 1,200 and 1,600 calories if you weigh more than 165 pounds or exercise regularly.
Since fat contributes nine calories per gram, limiting your fat intake to thirty percent or less of your total calorie intake is a good idea. Also aim for your fat intake to be composed of less than 10 percent of calories from saturated and trans-fats.
Also, much studies have proven that saturated fats in meat and dairy and trans-fats in processed foods increases your risk of heart diseases, whereas polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts and fish, and monounsaturated fats in olive oil and avocados reduce your risk of heart disease as well as help you to lose weight.
Your carbohydrate intake should be limited to 55 percent of total calories for best outcomes. Also, eat low glycemic whole grains, such as barley, and avoid high glycemic refined grains, such as white bread. A recent study has shown that a high glycemic index diet increases cardiovascular disease risk in overweight women, and as such, must be avoided.
Eating lean protein will contribute fifteen percent of total calories. Proteins like, soy can reduce your risk of obesity co-morbidities, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and some types of cancer. Scientists have found out that caloric restriction with a soy-protein enriched diet resulted in greater loss of weight and fat among obese women compared to a standard moderate-fat, balanced nutrient reduction diet.