Dr Ben Banwait has been a GP for over 20 years. His experience ranges from working as a General Practitioner,…
Carrying excess body fat can have a serious impact on your health. It’s a risk factor for heart disease, and it can also increase your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and certain types of cancer.
The good news is this is something you can change!
A healthy weight for one person might not be healthy for another. Other risk factors, like blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, are also important.
The best way to find out if your weight is a health risk is to check with our doctors at Mt Hawthorn Medical Centre.
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and shape is to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity every day.
We need to strike a balance between the energy (kilojoules) we consume with the energy our bodies use through normal functioning, daily activities and planned physical exercise.
The type of food we choose to eat is also very important in maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy heart. In Australia, around 35% of the kilojoules we eat comes from sometimes or discretionary food. These are foods like pastries, biscuits, cakes, take away foods, and sugary drinks. Eating these foods only sometimes, and not every day, can help to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Make small food changes you can stick to
Instead of dieting, plan small, manageable changes so they become the norm for life. Little things can make a big difference in the long run.
Try these simple ideas:
Small changes incorporated into your daily physical activity all add up. There are so many ways you can start to be more active each day. Read more about active living.
Slow progress is more likely to deliver long-term results. Don’t get on the scales every day. Let your clothes and how good you feel tell the story.
If your weight loss slows down occasionally, don’t give up. Small amounts of weight loss or just preventing further weight gain can have a big impact on your overall health.
Healthy eating is for the long term. Aim to build habits that promote health, not harm it, as a solid healthy eating foundation. Choose plant-based foods like vegetables and fruit, along with good quality whole grains, nuts and seeds, and choose good quality meat, poultry, fish, and milk, cheese and yoghurt or alternatives. Choose mainly water to drink. And limit sugary, salty and fatty snacks or takeaway foods to sometimes and in small amounts.
Dr Julie Manasseh (MBBS, FRACGP, PG Dip (Obesity) has a special interest and extra qualifications in the area of weight loss. She can prescribe an individualised tailored diet programme to achieve your weight loss goal, based on a comprehensive assessment of your medical, diet and weight history. For more information visit her website Living Lighter
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