Weight Loss

Crash diets and excessive exercise is not a healthy way to lose weight, infact, it can actually be harmful to your body. Its best to lose it slow and steady.

For example, someone who hasn't exercised for years shouldn't rush into running miles a day or pounding the treadmill. Not only will you struggle to do so but it could leave you feeling disheartened and demotivated, you're also far more likely to injure yourself and set your fitness levels back further.

The same goes for people who suddenly start starving themselves. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food 'allowed' can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.

Why is your weight important?

Being obese or overweight are risk factors associated with many conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular disease – being overweight increases the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and may increase the severity in people already diagnosed e.g. increases blood pressure. High cholesterol levels are also associated with being overweight
  • Type 2 diabetes – being overweight increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and may affect blood glucose control in those already diagnosed
  • Pain – many painful conditions e.g. joint related pains are made worse by excess weight
  • Gastrointestinal - obesity can increase the incidence of heart burn and the risk of colon cancer

Other problems associated with being obese or overweight include, liver problems, fertility problems and some cancers

Top Tips for Healthy Weight loss

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables. The general recommendation is that people should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but people with high blood pressure should aim to eat at least seven portions
  • Reduce saturated fat intake. Choose lean cuts of meat and avoid frying foods
  • Eat more fish. General advice is to eat at least two portions of fish a week including one portion of oily fish such as salmon or mackerel. Some people with heart problems may be advised to eat more than this
  • Eat less salt. Remember it is not just the salt we add to our food; many processed foods have a high salt content
  • Do more exercise. People should start slowly and speak to their GP first if they are unaccustomed to exercise and have any medical problems
  • Give up smoking
  • Drink alcohol sensibly. No more than 2-3 units a day for men and 1-2 units a day for women and try to have at least two alcohol free days a week.