How much and how fast?
The aim of weight management is to prevent or reduce the health consequences of obesity. Even a weight loss of 5-1 0% reduces significantly the health risks associated with obesity.
For a person weighing 15 stone this would amount to between three quarters and one and a half stone. Some people may lose greater amounts of weight but maintaining the new weight may be more difficult.
The goal is to achieve modest weight loss, and then the goal weight needs to be maintained.
Weight needs to be lost slowly (1 to 2lbs per week) in order that the loss is maintained.
Weight loss is initiated with a combination of a supervised diet, a programme of exercise and a change in behaviour. New Leaf Healthcare’s services will help you achieve these changes, they are not a substitute.
Very frequently weight that is lost is soon put back on. This is extremely common as people fall back into old habits. It must be realised that once the weight is lost, maintenance of the new body weight will require a change in lifestyle.
Diet changes need to be supervised by an experienced and fully qualified professional who will also advise on behavioural changes and an exercise programme.
Exercise does not have to be too strenuous; it doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. Brisk walking for 20 minute each day for five days of the week will help reduce weight, walking up the stairs, etc are small changes that will help you lose and to maintain the new weight.