Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Striking Healthy Balance; Treat Your Body as Individual from Anyone Else's to See What Works for You in Terms of Diet and Exercise

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Striking Healthy Balance; Treat Your Body as Individual from Anyone Else's to See What Works for You in Terms of Diet and Exercise

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Habib Noorbhai

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

FOR centuries, humans have been governed by the different theories in the sciences of nutrition, physical activity, exercise and health.

In modern sciences, it is challenging for one to maintain a well-rounded lifestyle as health has become ubiquitous. Diets and exercise regimes have become highly commercialised and are aggressively marketed in the nutritional industry. It is challenging to know what to believe and what to discard as quackery or mickey-mouse science.

It is a fact that if you are obese, diabetic or have insulin resistance, you should restrict carbohydrates and sugars. But many other people find it challenging to establish which eating plan they should follow and what exercise routine they should stick to.

The crisp questions are: what do you want to achieve? Do you want to be healthy, lose weight, reduce your body fat percentage or improve your sport or exercise performance?

Too often we impose a generic approach, using what has worked for others. But with health and human movement sciences, there is no quick fix. The concept of individualism is key. The challenge is that it is often ignored due to critical constraints of time, effort and funding.

To find the regimes of exercises that help to burn fat, the first step is to understand that humans are all different in the way they respond to exercising, eating, meditation and physiological processes. Just like all other body processes, each of our metabolisms are different too.

It all boils down to your metabolism

The metabolism is simply the rate at which your body burns fat. It is a rule of thumb that your metabolism is faster when you are younger and that it slows as you age. However, your metabolism will be different from the next person's - even if you are the same age.

Although your metabolism has much to do with how fast you burn fat, there are several other factors at play. …

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