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Weight loss fundamentals
We all know that carrying excess weight is bad for us, but what does it mean for your health?
Carrying excess weight increases your risk of potentially life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Losing weight can reduce these risks significantly.
BMI and Body Fat
BMI is the most consistently used measurement of weight in the health sector. But it's not perfect. Even if your BMI is normal, you can have an above average body fat percentage. It’s not just about what you see on the outside, there’s fat that accumulates around the organs, called visceral fat; a primary site for pro-inflammatory hormones that can lead to diabetes.
The highs and lows of weight loss
When you’ve been living with excess body fat, losing weight can feel like a great achievement. But the journey to get there can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. Watch some of the situations you may encounter and what you can do about them:
Finding time to exercise
Keeping active is key to maintaining a healthy weight, but sometimes it can feel like there’s not enough time. If that sounds familiar, try HIIT workouts. You only need 30 minutes a day, three times a week to see measurable differences. Alternatively, a personal trainer can provide advice to help you achieve your goals in the time you have available
You don’t need to go to the gym to lose weight; increasing your heart rate and making sure you dedicate time every day to moving your body is the important thing. Doing exercise you enjoy is the key to maintaining motivation long term, whether that’s swimming, cycling, playing sports or classes. If you’re struggling to find the time, discover simple workouts you can do anytime, anywhere.
Understanding fat and sugar
Myth: You should avoid fat
Did you know there’s a difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats? Generally, saturated fats should be avoided, but monounsaturated fats are good for you and should be consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet. Figuring out what you should and shouldn't be eating can be confusing. If you need some advice, find out about our nutritional therapy services.
The big weight gain culprit: sugar
Build your own healthy meals with our pick and mix charts
If you haven’t got the right motivation to change your lifestyle, you may not succeed long term. Breaking through the mental barriers can be difficult, but by setting small goals you can make a big difference.
You can do it, read our success stories
Weight loss surgery
Weight loss surgery is something that you may consider if you aren’t progressing with weight loss by yourself. Surgery can improve your life, but it’s not a one-stop solution for your weight problems. Getting your body in shape takes commitment with or without surgery.