It has been a very tough couple of weeks for me. I have been ill off and on. long story short I am fully recovered and ready for business.
So I returned to the pharmacy fully this week and had the opportunity to speak to some patients about their weight. We checked their Body Mass Index ( BMI )
BMI this value is used to determine if your weight in relation to your height is adequate. One can be underweight , normal, overweight or obese. Most of them looked slim and you cant tell by looking at them that their readings will be above normal.
This brings me to the topic below:
WHAT IS WEIGHT MANAGEMENT?
It is an issue for everyone. It is about keeping control over our weight and striving to live a healthy life.
The most effective approach to weight loss is dietary modification, healthy eating and increasing physical activity.
PRINCIPLES OF WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
If the energy (calories) you eat is more than what you use up, excess energy is converted to fat and stored. If this occurs over time, weight gain is inevitable.
If the energy (calories) you eat is less than the energy (calories) you use up, then fat stores are broken down and used resulting in weight loss.
If the energy (calories) you eat equals the energy (calories) you use up, weight remains the same.
MAKING SMALL CHANGES OVER TIME TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EAT MORE HEALTHILY WILL HELP WEIGHT LOSS.
SMALL CHANGES + HEALTHY EATING HABITS = WEIGHT LOSS.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A BALANCED WEIGHT?
There are two methods to identify if your health is at risk due to your weight
- Calculating the body Mass Index (BMI)
- Measuring waist circumference
IF OVERWEIGHT HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD YOU LOOSE?
If BMI is 25 or over, or if the waist circumference is too high, then weight loss should be considered
THE AIM IS TO LOSE BETWEEN 5% – 10% OF CURRENT WEIGHT.