Building your body your way.

Building your body you way, is a series of posts exploring weight loss success stories, looking at a range of people and what worked for them. The first instalment in the series is an article looking at what tools are out there to help, some professional suggestions and the facts around obesity and weight loss.

Obesity levels are expanding at an alarming rate. England has the second highest levels of obesity in Europe, after Hungary. Roughly 60% of adults are overweight and 1 in 4 are obese, according to a report issued in 2014 by OECD – Better policies for better lives.

Over the past decade there has been many a study conducted into obesity and the health complications that come with it, but what effort has been put in to reduce the populations over all weight issues?

Eating unhealthily for long periods of time has been proven to make us lethargic, as well as having negative impacts on our waistline, skin condition and even how our hair looks. But is Britain doing enough for the countless people who are overweight and struggling?

Rather than helping the overweight the national press are often guilty of making a mockery of them. Countless headlines graced our newsagents in 2014 ans 2015, just like this one from The Daily Mail: “Why are today’s young women so unashamed about being fat?”

Screenshot of Daily Mail Article

Screenshot of Daily Mail Article

Headlines intent on fat shaming teamed with the negative press surrounding the overweight and the NHS do nothing to encourage someone to start their personal journey of discovery and weight loss, but luckily free support and help is still out there.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have issued many guidelines in the aim to shake up Britain’s health.  Countless websites, institutions and schemes are focussing on re educating people about food, food consumption and cooking. They are offering tools for free to help people rehabilitate themselves so that any weight lost stays off.

The NHS website offer a free 12 week weight loss starter programme, the aim they say is to help people: “develop healthier eating habits, be more active, and get on track to start losing weight.”

Image from the NHS website.

Image from the NHS website.

The added benefit is that it is available for immediate download straight from their website. It incorporates the suggested calorie intake for men and women as well as an array of insightful information for the reader. You can calculate your BMI and work out your personal calorie allowance in relation to your height and weight. In addition they also offer online support in the way of an online forum, where people can post supportive messages to one another and share their journeys.

Calorie counting is often difficult because it doesn’t necessarily eliminate the unhealthier options, however it does give choice and the freedom to not only make your own decisions but also to change your lifestyle for the better. Food sheets and calorie counting sheets are included in the download making it as easy as possible to track what you are eating and keep on top of it.

An extension of the NHS help is offered through The Change 4 Life scheme, whilst this website isn’t just focussed on weight loss it does offer an array of tools for everyone to use, from the youngest members of the family to the eldest.

Change 4 Life from the NHS website.

Change 4 Life from the NHS website.

The focus here is about each individual or family unit making the best choice for them. This website is filled with information and ideas. It also has an option to search for local support and local activities to increase your exercise level.

Look out for more articles coming soon detailing other helpful tools for weight loss.

Some useful links for you:

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/Pages/Loseweighthome.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

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