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Health Service: Weight Management 

 

Weight Management & BMI Check
Being overweight means carrying excess body fat and this affects more than just your appearance. An overweight person is more likely to develop health problems now and in the future than someone who is a healthy weight. The good news is that even a modest weight loss can reduce health risks, and the best way to lose weight and keep it off is by committing to make changes in diet and lifestyle.

If you can make that commitment, Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy will be with you all the way. The first step is to establish your BMI; an internationally recognised measure to determine if you are over or under weight. Your Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy advisor will assist in carrying out the calculation for you, taking into account height and weight. Those with a BMI of over 30 will need to seek medical advice.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Different heights and builds mean that weight alone can't tell the whole story, so healthcare professionals use BMI; it combines measurements of weight and height into a simple calculation that can be looked up on a table. Ask you Feelys totalhealth Pharmacist to calculate your BMI today.

 

 

Effect of being overweight:

  •  Tiredness. lack of energy, breathing problems.
  •  Excess sweating, skin irritation.
  •  Difficulty sleeping. complaints about snoring.
  •  Back and joint pains. reduced mobility.
  •  Low self-esteem. lack of confidence, isolation, affecting relationships and leading to depression.


Health risks include:

  • Impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes).
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • High cholesterol/triglyceride levels.
  • High blood pressure. coronary heart disease. stroke.
  • Sleep apnoea (sleep breathing pattern disturbance due to excess weight around chest. neck & airways).
  • Fertility problems.
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Stress incontinence (leaking urine when laughing or coughing).
  • Gallstones.
  • Cancers (colon, breast and womb).
  • Gout.
  • Fatty liver.

Life expectancy may be reduced - studies show that a BMI of 30 to 35 may reduce your life by 2-4 years, and a BMI of 40 to 45 by 8-10 years. If you smoke as well, your life expectancy is reduced even further.

 

Life expectancy may be reduced - studies show that a BMI of 30 to 35 may reduce your life by 2-4 years, and a BMI of 40 to 45 by 8-10 years. If you smoke as well, your life expectancy is reduced even further.


Causes of being overweight:
It sounds simple; your weight depends on how much energy you take in (calories in food and drink) and how much energy your body burns up.

  • Calories in equal energy burned weight stays the same 
  • Calories in greater than energy burned weight increases 
  • Calories in less than energy burned weight reduces


Why lose weight and how much should I lose?
Weight loss improves quality of life - you feel better, your self-esteem and energy levels increase, and there are definite health benefits. You may live longer. mainly because you are less likely to die from heart disease. stroke. diabetes. or obesity­related cancers. If your BMI is 25 to 35, losing the first 5 to % 10% of your weight will bring you the most health benefits. A BMI of more than 35 means you are already likely to have health problems, and you may need to lose 15-20% of your original weight for sustained improvement.

 

Top Tips to manage your weight ...

  • Be positive! Focus on how your overall health will improve
  • Do not skip meals. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Eating 3 meals per day prevents hunger and provides your body with the energy it needs.
  • Control your portion size. Use a standard 9 inch plate. avoid bigger plate sizes. Aim for half your portion to be vegetables. Avoid seconds!
  • Limit sugar and sweets. Limit food that contains added sugars such as desserts. These have many calories and few nutrients. 
  • Use an artificial sweetener in drinks instead of sugar or drink diet I sugar free fizzy drinks.
  • Drink plenty of water. People who drink plenty of water are more likely to lose weight. Aim for a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water each day.
  • Choose healthy snacks. Enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, or low fat yogurt instead of packaged snacks.
  • Be a smart shopper. Plan ahead for meals.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise is essential for weight loss and weight maintenance. Be adventurous!
  • Support - Get all the support you can from friends. family, work colleagues, your totalhealth pharmacy, gym. walking clubs. together you will succeed!


How can I lose weight?

Strict dieting for short periods rarely works for long - reverting to old eating habits means weight goes straight back on. Losing weight and keeping it off needs a permanent change in lifestyle, but don't worry, you're not alone. Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy is here to help you.

 

 

Before you start

  • Motivation is crucial: No weight loss plan will work unless you seriously desire to lose weight. You need to be ready and motivated.
  • Monitor your food intake for a week: Make an appointment with your Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy advisor and bring the diary with you. Your advisor will evaluate your diet and advise on a healthy balanced diet.
  • Aim to lose weight gradually: Not too fast, aim for an average of 0.5 to 1 kg per week
  • Set clear goals with a realistic timescale: Real health benefits can be gained from losing the first 5 - 10% of your weight
  •  Aim to eat a healthy balanced diet: Make the change for good.
  • Start exercising: We all know that to lose weight successfully and to maintain it involves regular exercise in our daily routine.


Your Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy advisor may suggest some weight loss products that will assist you on your journey of losing weight. There is a range of suitable products available from Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy.

 

 

 

Healthcare Services Available

Cholesterol Screening Health Service
Weight Managment Health Service
Blood Pressure Testing Health Service
Pain Control Health Service