Tips on losing weight

Many doctors now believe that when it comes to your health,
your waist measurement is important.
While knowing your body mass index (BMI) is a good way to
decide if you’re overweight, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
BMI is a measure of how healthy your weight is for your
height. You can work out what your BMI is by using our BMI
healthy weight calculator.
If you have a high BMI, you’re likely to be carrying extra fat.
But your health could be at greater risk depending on where
you store that fat.
Having a large amount of tummy fat (compared to fat around
your bottom or thighs) makes you more likely to develop
diabetes and heart problems.
A healthy waist circumference for men is less than 94cm (37
inches), and for women it’s less than 80cm (32 inches).
Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy, but it has many
benefits. You may only need to make small changes to your
lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight.
Why lose weight?
Obesity causes 9,000 premature deaths in England every year
and reduces life expectancy by an average of nine years.
It’s also linked to serious health problems and increases
the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancers of the
breast, colon and prostate.
Most people who are overweight can blame their excess
weight on eating more calories than they burn.
That means there are two main options if you want to lose
weight: eat less or do more physical activity. The best way to
lose weight is a combination of the two.
Weight loss tips
You can reduce your risk of obesity-related health problems
by losing weight through eating more healthily and doing
more physical activity.
There are many articles to help you attain a healthy weight in
our lose weight section.
You can cut down on calories by making simple healthy food
swaps in your everyday diet.
It’s not just small changes to your eating habits that can
make a big difference. Getting more physical activity also
helps you shed the pounds. You can do it in just three short
bursts each day with these ten-minute workouts.
Even if you’re well on the way to your target weight, there’ll
be plenty of temptation to overindulge. See our tips on how to
avoid the diet danger zones.
One excuse for choosing a quick, fat-laden supper is that
healthy eating is expensive. Learn how to eat well on the
cheap, saving the pennies as well as calories.
Two-thirds of dieters regain all the weight they’ve lost within
four years. For advice on how to stop piling the pounds back
on, read about how to lose weight for life.

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