Basic science teaches that the content of a body is called its mass and its weight is the mass acted upon by gravity. Either ways you may agree with me that both are attributes of a body’s heaviness. What is this body called again? Yes Matter!

In today’s world where almost everybody is having a frenzy about health, looks and weight (which are important) let us bear in mind that humans beautifully come in different shapes and sizes. Understanding how your body works and adopting the healthiest and realistic methods to look and be your best is therefore very crucial.

The human body is a typical example of matter that contains, among others, muscles, bones, water and fat as its contents that contribute to its heaviness. Reiterating that humans come in different shapes and sizes I want to emphasize that the mentioned bodily constituents have their percentage contributions to our physical appearance. These stem mainly from what we eat and drink.

From my experience and knowledge as an exercising medical scientist, weight is usually gained when more calories are packed in, against those that are used or burnt by the body. A calorie is a term for the energy that is acquired from foods and drinks we consume. It is also the energy that is used by the body. I will not get into the scientific details of calories but what I can say is that their right amounts are essential for body activities: from heartbeat to brain activities.

There are calories with and without nutritional value and those must be considered before any form of food consumption, even in the least. Another consideration to be made is portion control. I think every individual must have a distinction of the amount of food that satisfies their hunger from the amount that gets them overly full. In portion control, a balance of the various food groups is essential. Eating in moderation and timing are other factors to consider. These play roles in ensuring that the right amounts of calories are given to the body to use. The major sources of calories are carbohydrates, proteins and fats (their roles will be talked about in later posts). Those of nutritional value are best gotten from foods that are as close to their natural forms as possible whilst those of low or no nutritional value are from processed foods.

As the part of calories in weight gain and loss has been briefly touched on, the importance of water should not be overlooked. It is very crucial to stay hydrated, especially in our part of the globe. Water makes the skin, hair and nails look fresh just as green leaves need water to stay fresh. It is very dangerous to reduce the intake of water in the bid to speed up weight loss. I am positive you have heard of dehydration. It simply means loss of water. We are constantly losing water in the form of sweat and urine as well as in faecal matter which needs incessant replacement. Ignoring this will be like forgetting to put water in the cooling system of your car engine. It will break down and so will you!

Dehydration causes weight loss in a very unhealthy way and its health consequences include tiredness, dizziness, the formation of kidney stones and muscle damage, just to mention a few. In consciously and unconsciously keeping track of my water consumption, I got myself a really nice yellow 1 litre bottle which I fill with water before I go to sleep at night for the following day. I mostly have it with me, either at home or out of home, making sure I constantly sip from it. I also ensure I fill it twice or thrice in a day and finish the last fill before bed time. You can practise this hack till it becomes a part of you. Do not wait till you thirst before sipping some water.

I suggest that you keep your consciousness of the things you eat or drink high to be aware even of the least of things that get into your body. Your body gives you what you give it.

Always remember to live your best life!


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