Weight loss

Obesity is a problem for people of all ages and to illustrate this point, one in six ten year olds and one in five fifteen year olds are clinically obese, according to Sainsbury's Magazine of October 2004. The proportion of overweight children is allegedly rising by 5% each year. Most obese children will, however not become an obese adult. It is suggested that one in four will. There are ways of ensuring weight loss for you is a manageable project and one in which you will succeed.

Firstly, you have established whether or not you need to lose weight. You then need to calculate the amount of weight that you'd like to lose. You can do this via various means such as finding your Body Mass Index (BMI). Once you've got a target weight to aim towards, the best method for shaping up is to combine healthy eating with exercise. If you want to speed things up, then dieting can provide the boost in slimming and confidence you need.

Don't try to lose too much too soon though! The body merely adapts and you tend to gain weight over a period of time. Slow and steady progress is the aim and with dedication and the right attitude, it is possible. Try replacing salty and fast foods with low-fat alternatives to reduce the calories you consume. If you find it hard to get to the gym to workout and burn fat that way, help is also at hand. You can exercise pretty much anywhere, by holding in your abs, performing general housework duties, gardening, climbing up and down stairs and even walking as opposed to using the car or public transport can all help so start on your journey today to a slimmer physique and a healthier lifestyle.

Weight management

Weight loss products

Weight loss programs

Lose weight

Have you ever asked yourself, "Do I need to lose weight?" To find out if you do, just jump on the scales! It is a simple question of knowing how much you weigh. Then use the BMI calculator that we provide in our 'tools' section (coming very soon - apologies). If you are two stone above your ideal weight, then you are classed as being obese and yes, you need to lose weight. Although being overweight (but not obese) is not necessarily unhealthy for you, image conscious people may feel more inclined to want to try and lose weight?" This is more a case of trying to meet the expectations of society than attempting to lose weight for health benefits, although the two are, in essence a means to an end.

Through weight loss, you can gain confidence and health advantages such as looking and feeling better and having lots more energy. Let's be honest, if you have to ask if you need to lose weight?" then you probably do or at least tone up a little. High blood pressure, poor diet and little exercise are all key indicators of the need to reduce your weight.

Your diet is important in finding out whether or not you need to decrease your weight. For example, if you consume a lot of salt in your diet, (a lot of salt is considered to be 0.5g sodium/100g of food by FSA) then you will retain more water and that can make you bloated but doesn't necessarily mean you need to lose weight. Find all the information you require by consulting your doctor before beginning any weight loss programmes or diet plans.

If you want to determine whether or not you need to lose weight and the benefits and risks involved then consult your doctor firstly. Using Body Mass Index (BMI) figures combined with calorie charts and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), you can establish how much weight you need to lose. It is also very important to be aware of the potential for becoming disillusioned with an eating disorder. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa for example are highly detrimental to your health so be careful not to become overwhelmingly obsessive regarding weight loss. It can be difficult knowing how to manage your weight so find a diet that can allow you to maintain and sustain your ideal weight.

 

Body Mass Index

A measure of weight compared to height : Body Mass Index or BMI, is an estimate of the amount of body fat you have, dependent on the ratio between your height to weight. Use a calculator and index to calculate your BMI by taking your weight and dividing it by your height squared. Your weight is measured in kilograms and your height in metres squared. A healthy BMI for an adult is 20 - 25. Figures that fall below 18 represent someone with very little fat on their body. The further below 18 you go, the chance of developing anorexia increase dramatically. A BMI of 27 or above suggests obesity and is accompanied by all the health risks that are associated with being overweight to this extent.

Health issues relating to obesity include heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Health risks escalate as figures reach beyond 30 and at 35-40, surgery may need to be considered, such as stomach stapling and liposuction. Diseases relating to obesity can be prevented or even reversed by taking regular exercise and eating a healthy, well balanced diet that can provide you with all the nutrients and energy you require.

This measure of body fat is used by various people to establish the extent of obesity and doctors generally use it to test the health of patients. It is a useful indicator of whether or not you need to lose weight. How much you may need to lose to is dependent on personal ideal weight and weight loss targets may vary from person to person.

It is essential to consider a weight loss programme or diet plan if you have a very high BMI. The development and progression of numerous diseases that can be linked to obesity are inevitable if you are extremely overweight and eat poorly as well as not taking regular physical activity. To counteract the negative side effects of being obese and prevent the development of illnesses in later life, it is highly advisable to try and lose weight now. This can realistically achieved only through exercising regularly and combining an active lifestyle with a health diet.

 


Life coaching

If you're looking to get your personal affairs in order, life coaching can be the answer that you're looking for! In just a few months and working in a one on one capacity, it is highly possible to benefit from life coaching services with regards to accomplish important goals that you can set yourself, be inspired and achieve success and happiness in all areas of your life. Weight loss and slimming advice and assistance is one area that is of particular interest to many people these days and there are plenty of specialist life coaching services that cater for the needs of people looking to achieve and maintain sustainable weight loss or weight gain agendas.


Life coaching can really help to make a huge impact on your life. You can improve your health, fitness and weight issues as well as getting to grips with all the facets that make up your daily life and with exceptional encouragement and an enthusiastic and motivational approach to helping you achieve your realistic targets, you can really get your life in order sooner than you think!



Whether you are interested in a career change, balancing your finances or simply in losing or gaining weight, these dedicated professionals can point you in the right direction and ensure that you maintain your focus on getting the right results for you. From managing stress, sticking to an exercise programme and selecting the right nutritional supplements and diet plans for you to losing or gaining the right amount of weight so you'll not only look healthy but also feel much better within yourself, isn't it time you tried these services out?



You can find excellent services that can help you to combat fatigue and increase your energy levels as well as discovering ways that can help you to accelerate towards that big promotion at work. Increase your professional productivity, improve your fitness and endurance levels and even help you to build muscle and tone up, the choice is yours and now the options available to you mean that you can really achieve all the targets you have set yourself.


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Foods

You can spend an awful lot of time thinking about the foods you eat When you are trying to lose weight. You not only have to watch what you eat, you also have to think about what you're not eating.

In addition to watching portion sizes, it's also important to think abut the total nutritional balance of a diet - restrictive diets can often leave you short of important nutrients. Two areas it's important to think about carefully when slimming are restaurant food and fats. Both can sabotage even the most well-meaning dieter.

Restaurant foods are a minefield for someone trying to control their weight, but there are strategies you can follow to enable you to eat out without going badly off diet.

  • Pick the restaurant - if you have any control over where you're going, try to choose somewhere that will fit your diet better. For example, if you're eating low carb, a steak house would be a good choice (order steak and salad), whereas a pizza restaurant would be difficult for you.
  • Salads are a good option - but watch for calorie laden dressings.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Most places will be amenable to special orders so long as they're within reason.
  • Avoid the known "troublemakers" - order salad or vegetables instead of chips or potatoes.
  • Avoid all fried foods.

Fats are the biggest problem when eating out. It's not that our body doesn't need fat - it does - but the modern diet contains way too much, and many restaurant foods are simply loaded with fat.

Unless you are on a really restrictive diet, you'll get enough fat - it's in healthy food like fish, even wheat germ. But at 9 calories per gram, as opposed to the 4 per gram of carbohydrate and protein, excess fat can pack on the pounds quicker than anything else.

 


 

Weight loss goals

It's vital that you set yourself realistic weight loss goals once you've made the decision to start slimming. Slimming is hard enough without having weight loss goals that you won't be able to meet.


For your slimming to be successful, you have to have a plan that is sustainable in the long term. One of the keys to that is healthy weight loss. Many diets aim to have you lose weight very rapidly, particularly to start with. The problem with this approach is that not only is it not sustainable, it's unhealthy. Far better to lose weight in a gradual and consistent manner that you can keep going long-term.



A pound per week is generally held to be a healthy rate of weight loss. It doesn't sound like much compared with the promises of the 'wonder diets', but in six months you'd lose 26 pounds, and in a year over 50 pounds!



One of the benefits of steady progress like this is that it helps to motivate you. Rapid weight loss that tails off is very de-motivating - it's great when you lose 5 or 6 pounds the first week, but three or four weeks into it when you suddenly stop losing weight, you're ready to quit.



For you to stick with anything you have to have regular positive feedback - realistic goals and steady weight loss will give you that.



Additionally, programmes that help you lose weight slowly and gradually are much more likely to follow the principles of natural weight loss. Natural weight loss is a process that allows the body to rid itself of excess pounds without undue stress. Rapid weight loss, on the other hand, stresses out the body, and ultimately encourages it to put weight back on.



So to get your slimming underway, start with good resolutions. Commit to a sensible plan that will allow you to gradually lose weight, and keep it off long-term. You'll not only look better, but feel better too!


 

Weight loss products

There are various weight loss products and methods available now. These include prescription pills, fat burners and weight loss drugs and alternative methods too. With appetite suppressants or diet drugs making up a large part of the market for weight loss products, the opportunities to lose weight are abundant. Other ways to lose weight are also on offer. For example, surgery involving stomach stapling and liposuction are methods that are less appealing but effective in the short term, nonetheless. Pills are useful weight loss products as they represent a simple and convenient way of losing weight but often the healthiest choice is the natural way.


Some of the weight loss products that are currently available include various medical approaches, as mentioned already but the most effective and efficient way to get slimmer is through the combination of healthy eating and exercise. Embarking on a diet that meets your needs is no easy task but with the right positive attitude and a lot of will power, you can achieve and maintain your ideal weight.



Other than going to your local gymnasium and working out each week, which to be fair isn't possible for some people, you have a few extra choices when it comes to ways of reducing your size and changing your shape. Engaging in regular physical activity whilst eating the right blend of healthy and nutritious foods at the right times is the key. Walking three to five miles per hour burns 150 calories in around half an hour. Striding using your arms to help momentum can accelerate the rate at which you burn calories, making it quite an effective workout. The following figures are based upon a middle aged woman weighing approximately nine stone. They suggest possible ways to help you to burn fat. Weeding the garden (150 calories), Vacuuming (135 calories), cleaning the windows (130 calories), Ironing (65 calories) and even reading (45 calories) are all great ways to burn fat as you go about your daily duties.



It is advisable to consult your doctor prior to indulging in a diet plan or weight loss programme. It is also advisable to reach and maintain your ideal weight as soon as you can but sensibly. Pills and medical approaches can be great as short term solutions but effective long term, sustainable management of your weight is realistically achievable through diet and exercise routines.


 

 

Alternative diets

Effective weight loss can often involve a host of alternative diets and a number of techniques and ideas have developed to meet this need including:

  • Slimming belts
  • Slimming pants
  • Weight loss spas
  • Body wraps


One popular alternative diet method is slimming belts. They claim to sweat away unwanted fat, eliminate cellulite, ease muscle pain and help you to lose weight, all while sitting in the comfort of your own home.

They are certainly easy to use. The belts typically attach with Velcro, and use either heat or massage on your abdomen, waist, back and hips. Another alternative diet method is the use of slimming pants. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, and can make you look like you've lost inches instantly.


Slimming pants target the most common areas of concern for women - the tummy, hips, thighs and backside - and can sculpt, shape, lift, firm and slenderize you! They come in different styles, from shorter styles (more like underwear) through to longer styles which come up higher on the torso or have longer legs.



Weight loss spas are a popular way to lose a few pounds, combining exercise, treatments, good eating, and finally providing you with the information you need to continue your slimming once you are back home.



A typical stay at a weight loss spa would include:

  • Dietary consultation with a dietician to devise a personalized eating plan
  • Exercise - this can be in the gym, at a pool, walking, or in classes such as yoga or Pilates
  • Therapist guided treatments
  • Beauty Treatments - this can include massage, facials etc.


Finally there are a variety of body wraps. They typically use a variety of natural ingredients, including sea clay, seaweed, herbs, minerals, or aloe vera, to help tone and tighten skin, improve circulation, detox and help shift fat.

 

 

Low fat food & diet products

So what about ways to help with the new diet? Discovering new low fat food products out there is a great first step to take in order to reach and sustain your ideal weight that's for sure. Replacing some of your everyday fare with low-fat food, low sugar or low salt products can reduce a range of effects these have on your body (water retention, fat intake, sugar intake) - especially if this is maintained over weeks and months. But a low fat food diet on it's own is not the path to take to get slimmer. Likewise, drinking diet soft drinks is a great way to cut down on calories, but guess what, the added flavourings and sweeteners bring their own problems. Try water!


Eating less and consuming less calories is one part of losing weight - a change in mindset and simple actions like walking to work are a great and safe way to help you to lose weight. Consuming a fat-free diet means that you have to make some choices to get alternatives to your everyday foods. For example a very simple one is to change the milk from full-fat to semi or even skimmed milk. This can act to decrease your cholesterol levels and reduce the overall amount of fat going in to your body. But remember that you need 'good fats' for your body to work efficiently (more on that coming soon).

Please do not think that starving yourself is a cunning plan to reduce fat or to slim quickly. Ultimately this could lead to you putting on weight over a longer period of time as your metabolism may change. Similarly, you should be aware that eating low fat alternatives to everyday food doesn't mean you can eat twice the quantity you would otherwise! You should be able to select foods and drinks that comprise of three meals a day (although eating smaller quantities of food over the duration of the day is preferable to eating three large meals only!) for only a few hundred calories each!


You can devise diet plans that utilise low-fat, low-sugar and lo-salt foods that will allow you to eat exactly what you want but once or twice a week. Check out the labels on products to find out how much fat they contain and limit the fat you consume to unsaturated fats wherever possible. Try and reduce the amount of salt you eat and decrease your alcohol consumption.



You can use fruits as substitutes for sugars and skimmed milk to reduce your fat intake. There are recipe guides to help you to use the right foods in the best combinations for a healthy and tasty diet. Healthy eating and exercising can be enjoyable. With the right attitude towards weight loss and sustainable weight control, you'll fin it that much easier to succeed in your efforts to reach and maintain your ideal weight and have a healthier, fitter lifestyle. Lose weight and get fit now!


 

 

Slimming products

If you want to lose weight, there's a range of slimming products available that can make the process a little easier.


Shopping for slimming products is a lot easier these days - rather than just having to check your local chemist, you have the resources of the web to help you track down the slimming products that are right for you.

Some of the slimming products available include;

  • Diuretics - Diuretics work by promoting water loss - they do not burn fat. Therefore as soon as you stop taking diuretics and revert to your usual diet, you will gain the weight back in the form of water. You should consult your doctor of nutritionist before taking diuretics


  • Fat burner patches - Fat burner patches work by increasing the body's metabolism and thus burning off more calories. However, to be effective they must be used in conjunction with a healthy eating plan and an exercise programme. They almost always require a prescription, so it is essential to talk to your GP first. Be aware also that there are various side effects from such drugs.


  • Laxatives - Laxatives come in both natural and synthetic forms. Whichever you use, be aware that using laxatives to lose weight is neither effective nor good for your health in the long term.


  • Appetite suppressants - Appetite suppressants work by changing the chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) to reduce your cravings for food. You eat less and thus lose weight. The problem is that unless you also make changes in your diet and exercise levels, when you stop taking them you revert back to your original eating habits and re-gain the weight.


  • Patches - Patches contain a variety of natural ingredients designed to speed up your metabolism and promote fat burning. There is also a new type of patch on the market that releases an aroma to suppress appetite.

 

Surgical weight loss

When all other methods have failed, surgical weight loss is an option that some people turn to. It can be remarkably effective, but it is nonetheless a major medical procedure with inherent risks and complications.


If you are considering surgical weight loss, you should start by talking to your doctor. They will provide you with good information, and help to evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for surgical weight loss. If your doctor thinks this is appropriate for you, they will refer you to a bariatric surgeon for a more detailed evaluation.



The bariatric surgeon will assess whether one of the two main methods of surgical weight loss is appropriate for you. These are:

  • Restrictive procedures: Restrictive procedures literally reduce the size of your stomach, allowing you to learn to eat less. Over time, you will not feel deprived on fewer calories.


    For this technique to be effective it is essential that you also learn good eating habits - for example, eating slowly, eating less, and moderating your drinking habits. Patients who do not moderate their eating habits post surgery can easily stretch the stomach back out and thus defeat the purpose of the procedure.



  • The alternative is malabsorptive procedures. These alter the digestive process by creating a bypass of the small intestine, thus reducing the absorption of calories. This technique is both more effective and more dangerous than the restrictive procedures. Finally, some physicians combine the two techniques to utilize the effects of both restriction and malabsorption.

 

 

Weight loss programs

There are various weight loss products available now. These include prescription pills, fat burners and weight loss drugs and alternative methods too. With appetite suppressants or diet drugs making up a large part of the market for weight loss products, the opportunities to lose weight are abundant. Other ways to lose weight are also on offer. For example, surgery involving stomach stapling and liposuction are methods that are less appealing but effective in the short term, nonetheless. Pills are useful weight loss products as they represent a simple and convenient way of losing weight but often the healthiest choice is the natural way.


Some of the weight loss products that are currently available include various medical approaches, as mentioned already but the most effective and efficient way to get slimmer is through the combination of healthy eating and exercise. Embarking on a diet that meets your needs is no easy task but with the right positive attitude and a lot of will power, you can achieve and maintain your ideal weight.



Other than going to your local gymnasium and working out each week, which to be fair isn't possible for some people, you have a few extra choices when it comes to ways of reducing your size and changing your shape. Engaging in regular physical activity whilst eating the right blend of healthy and nutritious foods at the right times is the key. Walking three to five miles per hour burns 150 calories in around half an hour. Striding using your arms to help momentum can accelerate the rate at which you burn calories, making it quite an effective workout. The following figures are based upon a middle aged woman weighing approximately nine stone. They suggest possible ways to help you to burn fat. Weeding the garden (150 calories), Vacuuming (135 calories), cleaning the windows (130 calories), Ironing (65 calories) and even reading (45 calories) are all great ways to burn fat as you go about your daily duties.



It is advisable to consult your doctor prior to indulging in a diet plan or weight loss programme. It is also advisable to reach and maintain your ideal weight as soon as you can but sensibly. Pills and medical approaches can be great as short term solutions but effective long term, sustainable management of your weight is realistically achievable through diet and exercise routines.


 

 


Calorie Counting

Just one route for slimming, Calorie counting is the term used to describe the method of tracking the amount of food you consume and your levels of activity. Various weight loss and diet plans & programs utilise this to help you to establish your energy intake and expenditure levels. by calorie counting, you can determine exactly how much exercise you may have to do to ensure you burn off excess energy which would otherwise be stored as fat in the body. By balancing out this figure, it is possible to maintain a healthy weight as you can effectively use up the energy that you gain through your diet. It is important to use calorie counting to ensure you don't lose too much weight as well. This can occur if your energy intake is lower than your expended energy. Weight loss programmes such as Weight Watchers UK use this method to help members to lose weight and sustain weight loss and control.


A calorie is a unit used to measure the energy in food and drink or calories consumed and calorie counting can be used as part of a diet plan to ensure you only eat a certain quantity of them. The energy used by the body is called calories expended. The number available in each type of food depends on the amount of the relative proportion of fat, protein, carbohydrate and alcohol in food. Or example, fat has 9, protein 4, carbohydrate 3.4, alcohol 7 and water contains no calories per gram of food. We constantly use them in the body for everything from breathing to walking. As we use up our energy, we need to increase our food intake to accommodate for this.



Extensive exercise therefore uses up more energy than simply resting so you may feel hungrier afterwards. The rate and efficiency in which we use energy depends upon age, weight, gender, fitness and levels of activity. It has proven to be a very useful way of establishing the exact figures with which you need to work. For example, it is very simple to calculate, using information on food labels, the actual number of calories consumed each day.



It is therefore very straightforward to work out whether or not you need to try and lose weight or gain weight. It also provides you with a key indication as to your weight trends ad can hep you to appreciate which foods contain the most energy and fat and which are the healthiest for you to eat. Weight loss and sustainable weight control are achievable but only through the combination of taking regular physical activity and eating healthily.


 


 

 


Slim Fast

A simple diet product, Slim-Fast allows you to replace fatty foods with low-fat alternatives. It is based upon the idea that if you eat regularly but in small amounts during the day, as opposed to eating three large meals each day, you can lose weight as you won't feel hungry as you are always eating. Slim-fast products can be used throughout the day to help you to eat healthily and regularly without the risk of gaining weight. A typical Slim-Fast diet includes eating six times a day. This involves starting with breakfast (of up to 250 calories) which comprises of a Slim-Fast shake or meal bar. Next you can eat a snack before lunch (of up to 100 calories) which can be a snack bar, a piece of fruit or a low-fat yogurt.


Lunch (of up to 250 calories) may involve consuming some soup, pasta, a shake or meal. Another snack (of up to 100 calories) may be eaten before dinner and may comprise of a piece of fruit or a Slim-Fast snack bar. Dinner (of up to 600 calories) may include a meal comprising of fat, carbohydrate and protein. A further snack (of up to 100 calories) can then be eaten after dinner which may be a snack bar, a piece of fruit or a low-at yogurt.



Many diets leave you feeling hungry and dissatisfied. They can also leave you with fatigue as you may not receive the right quantity of nutrients and energy you that need. This makes these types of low-fat diets difficult to stick to as your nutritional requirements are not being met. Using this method for weight loss, you can eat up to six times a day. As you eat more food with a low Glycemic Index (GI), you'll discover that you can eat less as foods with a low GI tend to provide you with a slow and steady energy release over the course of the day. Low GI foods are also better for helping your body to balance blood sugar levels.



Their range is designed to reduce the highs and lows often experienced with dieting. It uses meal replacements which provide you with a balanced diet of protein, fatty acids and 23 vitamin and minerals and fibre. By limiting you to 200-250 calories per meal, you'll be able to lose weight easily and our cravings for food will be curbed for longer so you eat less and maintain your weight loss targets. Snacks are available for under 100 calories each and provide you with an excellent way to reduce your hunger in between meals. They can also provide you with 20% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 10 important vitamins and minerals, which can help you to fulfil your nutritional requirements without feeling hungry.



Our opinion:


Well established and a good brand. Works on slow energy release and ensuring that you eat small amounts regularly - the way we should all be eating.

 


 

 


Weightwatchers

Probably the best known plan. Weightwatchers UK is a weight loss programme that has been around for over 40 years. It has helped millions of people to lose weight.


In fact, "more people lose weight using the Weight Watchers programme than any other slimming club". Weekly meetings are available for you to help you to maintain your motivation and provide you with a successful slimming atmosphere. It is private and discreet and everyone's there for similar reasons. This is predominantly to try and lose weight.



At Weightwatchers, a leader will support, advise and encourage you during your attempts to lose weight on this useful diet and exercise programme. You'll receive regular updates on the best recipes and new foods to compliment your diet plan. It can help you to establish which foods are fine to eat and which should be avoided.



The leaders assigned to you at Weight Watchers have lost weight on the programme themselves so they'll appreciate your position and how you may be feeling. They understand how to support you and how to help you to achieve the results that you want. they'll help you to set a weight target and by setting a goal for you, you'll have the ability to know the extent of your weight loss necessity for each week. This can help you to stay focussed on the task at hand and not lose track of your targets. By setting smaller targets, you're more likely to meet them than if you set yourself unrealistic targets which will leave you feeling distraught if and when you fail to achieve your goals.



You can find a wide range of recipes and a huge selection of delicious meals and menus for real food which offers you the variety and low-fat diets that you require to aid you in losing the amount of weight you would like to. Weight loss is an excellent way of improving your overall health and fitness levels and can reduce the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. It will also help you to look and feel great for longer.



If you haven't got much free time during the week and feel that a weekly meeting may take up too much of your time then there are online tools and resources to assist you. These additional means allow you to lose weight and tone up without requiring your presence at weekly meetings. It is primarily based upon the world famous points system diet called "Time to Eat". This diet allows you to eat anything you like, provided you remain within your points allowance. Recipes enable you to eat seasonal foods and maintain a healthy and well balanced diet. Losing 10% of your initial weight can reduce the risk of developing diseases. It is designed to promote a steady and effective method of weight loss.



Our opinion:


The best known route for slimmers. Well set up and managed, a good route to long term weight loss if you can stick with it.