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Weight Management

Do you need to lose weight? There are a number of online resources and local Clinics that you can access without having to see your Doctor for a referral.

Weighing too much or too little can have a number of consequences on your overall health.

Why a healthy weight range is important

By being above or below your healthy weight range you’re increasing your chances of suffering from a number of serious health problems.

Health problems associated with being overweight include:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • some cancers
  • issues with fertility in women
  • high blood pressure
  • osteoarthritis
  • fatty liver disease
  • kidney disease

Health problems associated with being underweight include:

  • weakened immune system
  • osteoporosis
  • anaemia
  • issues with fertility in women
  • palpitations

How to lose weight safely

Losing weight safely and at a realistic pace is the best way to reach your healthy weight and to maintain that weight in the long-term.

To make sure you lose weight safely, always speak to your GP before starting a new diet or fitness regime.

Dieting safely

You can achieve safe and realistic weight loss by cutting your calorie intake down by between 300 – 500 calories per day. On average, this should see you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. While this might not seem like much, it would equal between 26 and 52 pounds in only 6 months.

Setting small and realistic goals will help you lose weight safely and will make you more likely to maintain any weight loss in the long-term.

Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, starchy carbohydrates and whole grains will keep you fuller for longer and mean you are less likely to snack. Picking these healthy foods is a much better way to approach healthy eating and weight loss.

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