Weight Loss

Obesity and Weight Loss

Obesity levels are on the rise in the UK and it is vital that patients act now to stay healthy and decrease the chance of developing long term conditions that could be made worse by being overweight. We all know it is possible to lose weight and get healthy, but sometimes support is needed to achieve long term weight loss goals. Fad dieting and unrealistic expectations often dampen the initial determination when it comes to losing weight, so rather than trying another restrictive diet or attempting 5 high intensity workouts each week, have a look at the resources below and come up with a plan that is right for you.

TIP: Calculate your BMI using the NHS Choices BMI Calculator or come to the surgery and use one of our all new BMI machines and use this to set a realistic goal for your weight loss. Discuss your result with your GP and work out a time-scale for losing weight, pick an upcoming event or date and use that as your motivation.

What is BMI?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a calculation based on the gender, age, height, weight and activity level of an individual, to determine whether or not they are in a healthy weight range. The calculation produces a figure and that figure is the persons BMI.
For example, a woman aged 30 who is 5ft 5 inches tall and weighs 75kg with an inactive lifestyle would have a BMI of 27.5 which is above the healthy range so she would be classed as overweight.
BMI is not only used for identifying those who need to lose weight, it is also used to identify people who are underweight and those who are at a healthy weight for their individual circumstances.

Be honest when filling in the NHS BMI tool, it will provide you with your own BMI figure, and also advice on what your daily calorie intake should be, along with useful links and advice about losing weight and keeping it off long term.

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