Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes
Compiled by Dr B Chireka
It is the 4th day into the new year and I hope we are still on track with our resolutions. One of the most common new year resolution is about weight loss. I thought I should share with you what the experts have been saying about weight loss. I would like to highlight the guidance that was published by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE ) in UK. NICE guidance supports healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money.
It reinforces the message that l am trying to send out to all readers of this platform. There is something that you can do about your health and a little bit of your action will make a huge difference,
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When it comes to weight loss, shedding even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE.
People attending a lifestyle weight loss programme should look to make gradual, long-term changes to dietary habits and physical activity levels and aim to lose around 3 per cent of their body weight
This is what some of the specialist from NICE are saying about weight management:
Professor Kate Jolly, professor of public health at the University of Birmingham and NICE guidance developer, said: “By losing even a small amount of weight and keeping it off, overweight and obese people can improve their health.
“We all know that eating less and being more active will help us in weight loss, but it can be quite hard to put it into action especially in the long-term, which is why some people need additional support. Lifestyle weight loss programmes can help people to identify strategies which suit them to help maintain these changes in the future.”
Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, added: “Lifestyle programmes are one part of the solution. An environment that makes it easier for people to be active and eat well is also crucial, as are services for people with other issues that affect their health and wellbeing. The guidance isn’t about quick fixes. There is no ‘magic bullet’. It is about ensuring effective services are there to support people in the long term.”
I then say the take away home message for you all reading this article is that if you weigh 100kgs then you should aim to lose at least 3kgs. This is achievable by most overweight people. The problem is that the wrong message is being circulated that one has to have a ” stick-thin figure” to be healthy. Some have unfortunately wasted their hard earned cash on quick fixes that are not long lasting . I urge you to follow a programme that is safe and sustainable. Be proud of your figure and work at your pace. Do not be discouraged if you do not initially achieve to lose at least 3% of your weight. Not trying is no option because you will continue to pile up more and more kilos which is detrimental to your health.
The statistics are not good , it seems we are becoming more and more overweight and that is not good for our health. The number of people who are overweight or obese in England continues to rise with more than a quarter of adults now classified as obese and a further 42% of men and a third of women classed are overweight. This trend seems to spread throughout the world so this message does apply to everyone regardless of where you are.
You may want to read the article on how healthy you are.
This article was compiled by Dr. Brighton Chireka who is a GP and a Health Commissioner in South Kent Coast in the United Kingdom. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org and can read more of his work on his blog at www.docbeecee.co.uk/blog
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Dr Chireka has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Views expressed here are personal.