2 November, 2019
Weight loss by Eating Healthy Food!
- To help you find out if you have a healthy body weight, measure your body mass index and waist circumference
- To lose weight, the energy you take in from food must be less than the energy you use – eat less, move more!
- Set yourself realistic goals to achieve a healthy weight. Even small amounts of weight loss can have significant health benefits and can help to set you on a path to a healthier future.
- Guidelines recommend that you should try to lose weight gradually, about 1-2 lbs (approximately 0.5-1.0 kg) a week
- Different approaches to weight loss will be successful for different individuals, so try to find a weight-loss plan which will work for you
- Try to make healthy diet and lifestyle changes you can keep, even after you have reached your desired weight, so you don’t regain the weight you have lost!
The problem – overweight and obesity
In England, almost 7 out of 10 men and 6 out of 10 women are overweight or obese, and a quarter of adults are obese. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers. The risks of developing these diseases increases the more overweight you are. Obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as depression and low self-esteem. Ideally it is better to avoid becoming overweight by eating healthily and exercising regularly and maintaining this throughout life. But problems with weight gain are common so here is some information to help you lose weight sensibly and healthily.
Your body weight is determined by the amount of energy obtained from your food compared to the amount of energy that your body is using. The surplus energy you take in from food and drink is stored as fat. To lose weight, the energy you take in from food must be less than the energy you use, in other words eat less and exercise more. There is no ‘quick fix’ for obesity. Weight loss takes time and commitment. However, even losing and keeping off even a small amount of weight (e.g. 3% of body weight if you are obese or about 5% for most people ) can produce significant health benefits and reduce your risk of developing obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Losing 5% of your weight means, for example, losing 5 kg if you weigh 100 kg.