Weight Management Service
Keeping your weight in check can be difficult, with temptation and cravings coming and going, many people don’t realise they are eating the wrong types of food. Obesity is one of the most important issues facing the UK today – with roughly ⅔ of all adults being either obese or overweight. Healthcare professionals are attempting to tackle the issue with weight management services, that are helping those who are wishing to make a difference to their health by offering support and vital advice on a host of weight-related issues.
Why tackling obesity is important:
Being obese or overweight is common with the rise of fast food and desk jobs; exercise routines are not a common aspect of many people’s lives because they are too busy. This shouldn’t be the case. The underlying health implications of being overweight can be life-threatening, not just limiting your physical abilities, but leading to severe conditions and diseases.
What risks are associated with being overweight?
Here are some of the major health concerns that are common in those who are overweight:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Breathing issues like asthma and sleep apnea (where you stop breathing for short periods during sleep)
- Increased cancer risk including pancreatic, oesophageal and breast
How can my weight be measured?
Your weight is not always a clear sign of your overall health, and health professionals know this. To evaluate your weight and overall health more accurately, your assessor will measure you according to your body mass index (BMI) – if you score 25 or more, you are considered overweight. A simple waist measurement done at the stomach line can also be a simple method to measure weight gain.
Managing your weight:
Once you’ve had your assessment with our staff, you can start your journey to better health and weight loss. Your local Imaan pharmacy will offer you impartial and comprehensive advice and support – our goal is to help you understand your relationship with food and how you can break out of unhealthy eating routines and inactivity.
Lifestyle changes take time, but we are here to help you. Tackling your weight can be done in multiple ways, but when combined, they are highly effective.
- Eat less foods with high levels of salt or fat, increase intake of fruit, vegetables, fish and white meat.
- Joining a weekly weight loss club
- Use a food tracker and meal planner – know what you’re eating
- Exercise well and regularly; you are recommended to do upwards of 150/300 minutes of moderate exercise per week
- Cutting down or cutting out alcohol entirely, an average bottle of beer has 150 calories in it
- Avoid fast food locations or pre-made food as temptations may set in causing you to overeat