Thursday 13 October 2011


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Over half of all adults in the UK are overweight. Weight is determined by a combination of factors and there is no ideal weight.  There is a wide range of healthy body weights so it is certainly not a case of one size fits all.

Often our body image is distorted and it can be difficult to get an accurate idea of our body size. There are a number of ways to help work out if you are a healthy weight.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
This matrix checks your height in relation to your weight.

Body Fat
This can be measure using body fat analysers, which pass a small electrical current through your body to determine the quantity of fat present.

Waist measurement
Excess fat around your waist increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Blood pressure, resting heart rate, blood cholesterol, fat and glucose tests are also useful indicators of weight.

Changes to your lifestyle could help to control your weight. Think about how you can make changes to your diet and physical activity over the long term.

In order to lose weight calorie intake will have to be reduced and portion sizes of foods controlled. Men should not exceed 2500 calories a day, whereas women should aim to eat 2000 calories a day. By reducing your calorie intake by 500 calories a day you will see a steady loss in weight.  Women would only need to consume 1500 calories, and men 2000 calories.

If you are underweight you need to increase the portion size of your food. Add some snacks between meals too such as nuts, dried fruit and breads . At mealtimes eat larger helpings of bread, cereal and potatoes.  Eat more foods which contain unsaturated fat such as oily fish, avocados and olive oil.

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