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Kickstart your Journey to Better Health in 2022

Kickstart your Journey to Better Health in 2022

January is often used as a jumping off point for many people’s weight loss journeys. If the end of the year is an incentive to indulge our eating habits, then the new year is an opportunity to course correct and kickstart our journey to better health.

Sticking to this commitment is the hard part. Many people who make New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick to them past January. To make sure you keep your commitment, let us tell you about the risks of obesity, and deliver some helpful tips to help you on your way to healthy living.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of over-eating, sedentary lifestyle, and genetic factors. Obesity increases the risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Obesity can also lead to psychological problems such as low self-esteem and depression. Treatment for obesity usually involves making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. In some cases, medication or surgery may also be recommended. With proper treatment, many people who are obese are able to achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health. Most adults follow this BMI scale:

  • 18.5 to 24.9 indicates a healthy weight
  • 25 to 29.9 indicates overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 indicates obesity
  • 40+ indicates severe obesity

Obesity is a major problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the country are obese. Obesity increases the risk for a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One way to assess whether someone is obese is to calculate their body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. Anyone with a BMI of 25 or above is considered overweight. To calculate BMI, divide weight in pounds by height in inches squared, and then multiply by 703. For example, a person who weighs 200 pounds and is 5 feet 4 inches tall has a BMI of 36.4. As this example shows, BMI is not a perfect measure of body fat, but it can give you a general idea of whether you are obese, overweight, or have a healthy weight. If your BMI is in the obese range, it’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to lose weight and improve your health.

Everyone is different, and a health professional will let you know how your BMI relates to your specific body and circumstances. As obesity is a risk factor for health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, and strokes.

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Ways to Reduce Obesity

If you’re looking to lose weight this year, there are several free and accessible ways to reduce obesity. The fundamentals of weight loss are the most important rules to remember – to simply burn more calories than you take in. The best way to achieve this is to adjust your diet to reduce your calorie intake and regularly exercise to burn the excess calories. Our pharmacists can direct you to advice on how to plan this diet.

Joining a weight loss program with other people may help you to commit to your journey to better health. It is much harder to quit when you have the support of others carrying out the same journey as you. The new year is the perfect time to find others to join as many people resolve to commit to healthy living at this time of year. Go jogging regularly with a group of friends, plan a similar diet, and enjoy the solidarity of a weight loss support group to achieve your goals.

Obesity is a problem that is increasing at an alarming rate, not just in the United States, but around the world. Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat, and it can lead to a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and joint problems. There are a number of ways to reduce obesity, and it is important to find the approach that works best for you. One way to reduce obesity is to eat a healthy diet. This means eating more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, and avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of saturated fat. Another way to reduce obesity is to get regular exercise. This can be accomplished by participating in activities such as walking, running, biking, or swimming. Finally, it is important to talk to your doctor about your weight. They can provide you with resources and guidance on how to safely lose weight. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of obesity and improve your overall health.

The most effective way to reduce obesity is to eat a healthy diet. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods can help people maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, it’s important to get enough exercise. Just 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each day can help people prevent weight gain. Finally, people should try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. Too much sitting has been linked with an increased risk of obesity.

Making small changes in your lifestyle can have a big impact on your weight. By eating right and getting active, you can help reduce your risk of Obesity.

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How We Can Help

Our clinicians at Imaan pharmacies can guide you to helpful resources to assist you on your journey to better health. They can determine your BMI, then decide on the best course of action for your weight loss journey after a friendly discussion. Many free and effective options are available to assist you, such as the Better Health website and the NHS Weight Loss Plan app.

If you need inspiration, take a look at the progress Kidsgrove Pharmacy manager Maxine made last year. In just three months, she lost an impressive 21 lbs, moving her BMI pin from ‘overweight’ to ‘healthy’. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, but seeing your better health journey through is the hardest part. Commit yourself and you’ll see results!

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If you would like more information about the topics discussed in this post, or would like to receive advice and guidance on weight management, please visit our locations page to find your local Imaan pharmacy.

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