Being a healthy weight is important for your long-term health but it is also great for your self-esteem, confidence and general wellbeing. There are many ways to achieve a healthy weight through diet and physical activity, and it’s important to find the right way for YOU.
We have a range of tools and programmes that may help you. Get in touch and we can talk you through all of the options available to you.
Many of us carry extra weight but if we could just take the extra weight that we carrying off for 5 minutes, we would quickly realise just how much it impacts us – it makes us more tired and impacts our health.
Our team can help you to understand if you are carrying extra pounds, as well as creating a realistic plan to lose it. People often fail to lose weight when they set unrealistic targets – if we overeat, weight goes on slowly and steadily and it comes off the same way.
Having a healthy diet is a crucial part of overall good health. Eating well not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, but it also gives you the right amount of energy and nutrients to keep you feeling good and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.
Look out for saturated fat. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
The average man should have no more than 30g saturated fat a day. The average woman should have no more than 20g saturated fat a day, and children should have less than adults.
Follow these simple and easy tips to help towards a healthy weight and diet:
Don't skip breakfast - you could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.
Eat regular meals - this helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
Eat plenty of fruit and veg; they are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre – essentials for successful weight loss.
Get more active and fit it into your routine. Get off the bus a few stops earlier, take the stairs instead of the lift etc.
Drink plenty of water – if you feel hungry, have a glass of water as you could be confusing hunger with thirst.
Eat high-fibre foods to help you feel fuller for longer. Fibre is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice, pasta, beans, peas and lentils.
Green is good – read food labels to see the calories, sugar, salt and fat intake of products.
Control your portion sizes, try eating off a smaller plate.
Everything in moderation. Don't ban foods, it will only make you crave them.
Swap junk food like sweets, chocolate and biscuits for fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes and fruit juice.
Cut down on alcohol - calories from alcohol can seriously increase your daily intake.
Plan your meals – this will make you less likely to indulge in ready-meals and fast food.
DIY – make your own meals so you know exactly what you are eating. Ready-meals, pasta-sauces and other packaged products are full of sugar, salt and calories.