by Parmjit Singh, PhD
RECOMBINANT EXERCISE & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL (REWAMP) is based on the current wisdom of modern sport & exercise sciences, Yoga, Meditation, individual temperament, eating and emotional patterns. It is one dimension of our holistically-oriented platform for the promotion and maintenance of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This program is aimed at engendering lasting results without you having to resort to harmful designer diets and equally ineffective glamorized weight-loss programs popularized through media. It shall also help you achieve desired physical fitness/well-being without having to kill yourselves on exercise machines trying to slash down your waistlines.
The REWAMP is a tailor-made person-specific protocol carefully designed to give you a full control on your exercise, physical fitness and weight management program. It helps you assess and determine your present physical status in terms of body-constitution/temperament, emotional patterns and life-style so that a composite profile can be developed. This assessment is then used for devising a protocol befitting your physical, mental and emotional/spiritual constitution. This personalized protocol not only helps you slip into a healthy size but also to growas an individual so that you can take on the challenges of life confidently and resolutely.
REWAMP will assuredly help you revamp your life for better—physically, mentally and spiritually. To revamp, nay, REWAMP yourself pursue the following steps:
- Find out your weight status. [Try our Online Calculator. Just scroll down the page]
- Assess your Psycho-Somatic constitution/temperament. [Try Our Online Calculator]
- Figure out your food habits/preferences and their effects
- Ascertain your current physical activity calendar/schedule/level.
- Determine your emotional patterns
- Find out physical activities suitable to your body-constitution/temperament.
- On the basis of above assessment, construct your personalized REWAMP program.
MEASURING BODY FAT & DETERMINATION OF WEIGHT STATUS FOR ADULTS
In order to help you make an informed and smart decision about your weight status, this section is detailed in a question and answer format.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a frequently used method to assess the weight status or body fat in a person based on height and weight. It applies both to men and women.
Why should I care about BMI?
Obesity has almost taken an epidemic proportion in the world. As more and more research is suggesting a reasonably strong linkage between obesity and deadly diseases, paying attention to our physical well-being has gained renewed urgency. Some of the diseases and attendant Psycho-Social problems tied to over-weight are presented in the following table:
How do I assess my BMI?
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How do I interpret my BMI?
Once you have calculated your BMI, consult the following table to determine where you stand in relation to this reference guide. Go to Body Mass Index Table.
Cautions in interpretation of BMI and assessing your health risk
Despite being the most popular assessment tool with clinicians and scientists alike, this index should be used cautiously because the BMI ratio also varies according to the body types, age and gender of the person. For example, a body-builder may have the same BMI as that of an obese person. But the interpretation in both cases will be vastly different.
Though BMI indicates body fat yet it should to be kept in mind that BMI alone is not a diagnosis of health risk or proneness to a disease. The health risk or increased susceptibility to a disease can only be determined after taking into account of various other pre-disposing factors like family history, hypertension, cholesterol, blood sugar, smoking and sedentary life style.
How do I know my ideal body weight?
Research studies are increasingly veering toward unanimity that body over-weight is instrumental in generation of various avoidable diseases thus cutting short the viability index of life in the affected person. Therefore, it is advisable to maintain a healthy body weight. Harvard University, USA physician Dr Herbert Benson and his colleague recommend the following commonly used method to determine the ideal body weight:
For Men: Take 106 pounds for first five feet, and add six pounds for each additional inch. Once this number is determined, subtract 10 percent and add 10 percent to determine the ideal body weight.
For Women: Take 100 pounds for first five feet, and add five pounds for each additional inch. Once this number is determined, subtract 10 percent and add 10 percent to determine the ideal body weight.
I need to shed some pounds, what should I do?
Once the ideal body weight is determined, it is time to charter a reasonable course of a weight loss program. Plunging into harsh dieting regimes or consuming designer chemicals for a rapid weight loss or programs claiming to carve you into a desirable socialite body-size can prove to be harmful both physically as well as psychologically (one research study in England claimed that erratic eating (dieting) patterns are affecting the IQ of the British females). Furthermore, recent research also suggests that most of the popular diets are not as effective as they have been touted to be.
Another disquieting spill over to this approach is that if you are not able to keep up with the severe dieting regimen and you succumb to the temptations of eating your favorite chocolate cake once in a while, you will be feeling bad or unworthy about yourself. The self-talk will be toxic and it can seriously affect your self-esteem.
In order to shed weight in a sensible and practical manner, moderation is advised and weight loss program should be in harmony with your body type, temperament, emotions and lifestyle. Keeping all these factors in mind, we have designed a RECOMBINANT EXERCISE & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL (REWAMP). This holistically-oriented program not only assists you in keeping your weight under control but also empowers you in eliminating all the conditions and influences that make you susceptible to gain weight in the first place. It focuses on a multi-dimensional solution to the weight problem and physical well-being.
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