A proactive approach to maintaining a healthy body weight

August 21, 2019| Health and Wellbeing /

We know that staying on top of your weight can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Here’s some things to consider when trying to maintain a healthy body weight.  

Over time, carrying too much weight can lead to many serious health issues and increase the risk of many diseases. People who are overweight are much more likely to encounter problems like high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

To combat problems with weight, many people turn to yoyo dieting as a fast and ‘easy’ way to shed kilos. Unfortunately, yoyo dieting is merely a short term solution to a lifelong relationship with weight and your body.

 

Whilst yoyo dieting may lead to an immediate loss of weight, it can actually lower your body’s metabolism and cause you to retain more fat over a long term period. Dr Louise Teo, Epworth HealthCheck says that yoyo dieting leads to unsustainable eating habits than can have lasting damage on your health. 

You can miss out on essential nutrients because you might be constantly binge eating or snacking on high sugar, low-nutrient convenience foods at odd times of the day and that’s really hard for anyone to maintain good health long term. It can also disrupt your body’s hormones which can affect your work, your sleep quality, your concentration and your mood as well. It can even lead to more weight gain.
— Dr Louise Teo, Epworth HealthCare, Epworth HealthCheck

For those trying to maintain a healthy body weight, a proactive and multi-faceted approach is required. For a start, it’s important to reflect on why you’re overeating - be it stress, emotional eating, social or night time eating. Once you’ve identified the cause of your overeating and any triggers, you can put strategies in place to avoid it and begin to practice eating regular meals and snacks at appropriate times of the day.

 

Considering the types of food that you’re eating can also be important for sustainable long term weight loss. Things like increasing fruit and vegetable intake and cutting down on foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt can make a huge difference in maintaining a healthy weight. 

 

Additionally, it’s important to incorporate exercise into your daily activities. Even incidental exercise like taking the stairs or chores around the house can improve your fitness and physical health. Louise says that many people find trying to maintain a healthy weight overwhelming so it’s important to surround yourself with people who can help you.

It’s always best to work with a personal trainer or a dietician because it can be difficult to do it all on your own. We suggest creating a support team for yourself including a trainer or a Pilates instructor, a dietician or your doctor, and most importantly, your family or a good friend who can be a cheerleader for you
— Dr Louise Teo, Epworth HealthCare, Epworth HealthCheck

For more information on weight loss and health issues, support is available at Epworth Health Check. Epworth HealthCheck offers a premium, comprehensive overview of your health, so you can lead a better quality life and have the best chance at prevention and early detection. To read more about maintaining a healthy weight, click here.



Isabel Stewart

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