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Diets: Body feeling discussed at »Hart aber Fair«
At the beginning of the year, the "slimming wave" is booming - no magazine, no guide in which losing weight would not be an issue. Frank Plasberg also asked the question "Wamp or washboard belly - is there a good life without a guilty conscience?" On the ARD program "Hart aber Fair" on January 8th.

Everyone on the podium agreed that there is a fundamental difference between whether someone wants to lose weight purely for cosmetic reasons or for health reasons. There was also a consensus that it should not be a question of running “wrong” role models at any price into a slimming ideal that can never be achieved with your own body, or if so, then possibly with negative consequences (eating disorders such as anorexia, for example).

Dr. Margareta Büning-Fesel, head of the Federal Center for Nutrition, referred to the scientific findings in connection with diets: "The recommendation for" healthy "weight loss is: saving around 500 kilocalories per day (eating less and / or consuming more), which leads to a weight reduction of approx. 500 g per week. «She also recommends the step principle. Lose weight a little, that is reduce weight, hold it for a while (1 to 2 weeks) and then continue to lose weight. Because be careful: the body "defends" fat deposits once created and switches to economy mode when a diet is started.

Angelina Kirsch broke a lance to take on her own body and figure. She describes herself as a curvy model. With a dress size of 42 to 44, it does not correspond at all to the cliché of the classic fashion model. The plus size model feels comfortable and sexy with all the curves, rolls and love handles. Fitness coach Detlef Soost also agrees that losing weight is primarily about achieving your own "feel-good weight". His decision to lose 30 kilograms was primarily linked to the goal of wanting to be sexy. While for actor Moritz Sachs the primary focus is on health reasons. A paleo diet had only led to a short-term weight loss for him.

A typical example of the yo-yo effect. Büning-Fesel then also recommended nutritional advice that can respond individually to the needs of each individual. Ultimately, the decisive factors for long-term success are the division into foods that you like or dislike, the daily routine in everyday life and the lifestyle.

According to Büning-Fesel, the use of smartphones, fitness bracelets and help from the Internet is also fundamentally to be welcomed. "You just don't have to give your fitness wristband a permanent feel for your own body and you have to pay attention to who the data is given to or passed on to." Health insurance companies are now also supporting the use of tracking tools. Jens Baas from Techniker Krankenkasse explained that it is in no way about collecting personal data. Rather, a bonus payment is intended to reward the insured's motivation to do something for their health. But that doesn't mean that others are "punished." bzfe.de

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