Healthy weight/waist

Having a healthy weight/wast size is good for your appearance, self confidence, overall health and daily energy levels.

Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity. It sounds simple. But more than 60% of adults in England are overweight or obese. Our lifestyles see many of us eating more calories than we need and not doing enough physical activity

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Healthy waist/weight

Maintaining a healthy weight and waist size is good for your appearance, self-confidence, overall health and daily energy levels. We put on weight when the amount of calories we eat exceeds the amount of calories we burn through normal everyday activities and exercise.

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, but most adults need to eat and drink fewer calories and get more active in order to lose weight. Whether you want to maintain a healthy weight or achieve weight loss, making long-term, healthy changes to your daily diet and being more active is the key to achieving your goal. A few small alterations, such as eating less and choosing drinks that are lower in fat, sugar and alcohol, can help you lose weight. There are also plenty of ways to make physical activity part of your life.

Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference and the Height/Weight Chart can help determine if you are a healthy weight. A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range, or too much fat around your waist, can increase your risk of serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers.

Healthy recommendations are: 

Weight loss is easier if you go back to basics. If you burn more than you consume you will lose weight. Here are 4 rules to follow each day:

  • Avoid temptations
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day – especially if you’re hungry
  • Eat well – move more
  • Find a buddy

Try this simple formula this week and see how you do. Aim for 1lb of fat per week as your weight loss target – that’s 3500 calories – 500 per day (30 mins exercise more and one chocolate bar less).

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