Maintaining a Healthy Weight
These days it seems impossible to open a newspaper or turn on the television without being told that Britain is heading for an obesity crisis, children are the most unhealthy they’ve ever been, or the latest innovation in healthy eating.
With the constant bombardment of information, it can be hard to know just what to eat, and how much of it, in order to maintain a healthy weight. It can also be hard to work out just what a healthy weight is – Body Mass Index (BMI) calculators, hip to waist ratio measurements and body fat percentage can often be confusing and may not be applicable to everyone.
Different people need different amounts of food, and there are many factors that need to be considered when looking at what to eat:
- Does the person need to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain their current weight
- Dietary requirements – allergies, vegetarian, vegan
- Level of exercise – the number of calories being burnt off affects the number of calories that need to be consumed
When devising a plan, a nutritionist can take the implications of these factors into account, creating options that are obtainable and maintainable.
The benefits of a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are priceless. They include:
- A healthy body
- A healthy mind
- Improved concentration/memory
- A boost in self confidence
The key to maintaining a healthy weight is fitting it into your lifestyle and making it part of it, rather than something you have to go out of your way to do. Fitness and exercise are integral, and a nutritionist will be able to advise on what kind of exercise is needed, how much, and how often. It is important to think ‘long term’, be flexible, and allow occasional indulgences.
A nutritionist can suggest ways to get more from your food, so that you feel fuller and more satisfied after eating, and are not tempted to snack later. This can include taking time over meals and eating regularly. Keeping a food diary may also be a beneficial way of monitoring diet, keeping track of the week’s meals, planning ahead and monitoring activity and exercise. It can also help to record thoughts and feelings, and a nutritionist may be able to notice links between eating and thought patterns.
Many people who, on paper are a ‘healthy’ weight, are often still unhappy with their shape/figure. A nutritionist can help build up muscles, tone up certain areas, and improve overall fitness.
Maintaining a healthy weight should not be arduous or a chore. With the right help, support and advice, it can become second nature, easily slotting into every day life.
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