Let's get our weight down!
If we're carrying too many pounds then losing weight can have huge benefits to us and our families. Less weight means we're putting less strain on our bodies with everything we do. It's good for our health, we feel better, we look better and we have the energy to do a lot more things.
But let's not get carried away. We also know that losing weight is not easy and demands a commitment from you to make some changes to your lifestyle.
UKMedix can help make it easier with a professional consultation from which we can usually prescribe an oral treatment that will help you reduce weight a lot more easily than using will power alone. You then need to combine your weight loss with increased physical activity to help build a fitter, healthier you.
Why am I overweight?
Becoming too heavy results from consuming more calories (energy) than you are using. This may result from a change in lifestyle, perhaps moving from a physical job to one that's desk based, or maybe as a result of an illness that has stopped you from getting out and about as much as you once did, but usually it's a combination of factors that lead to a gradual increase.
There are other factors that may lead to excess weight such as a family history of weight problems, or a medical complaint. If either of these apply to you then you should contact one of our doctors for free advice on how we may be able to help you.
How do I know if I'm overweight?
We generally know when we are overweight, but a good way of checking is to use a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This compares your height against your weight, allowing for your age and gives you a BMI figure on a scale of 1 - 100.
The NHS advises us to consider losing weight if our BMI is above 25. If our BMI is above 30 we are considered obese and at risk of significant health problems.
There are many BMI calculators available online.
What will being overweight mean to me?
Being overweight is a serious problem and can create significant health issues. You increase your likelihood of suffering a stroke, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and other related problems. These problems significantly reduce a sufferer's life expectancy. The additional stress on your body creates problems for your back and knees, it makes it harder to breath and can lead to skin problems.
Losing weight will have a positive impact on your general wellbeing and self esteem, you'll feel better and look better. Children of overweight parents are more likely to have weight problems too and so the family impact should be considered.
What should I do next?
By reading this you have already made a start. Don't delay any longer.
Check your BMI and arrange your free consultation with UKMedix. Our doctors will advise you on the best course of action which may include prescribing weight loss pills such as Xenical which is proven to help users lose weight.
What is Xenical?
Xenical works by preventing your body from absorbing as much fat from the foods you eat and by doing so it reduces the amount of calories you store. It has proven to be very effective, in particular when combined with a calorie controlled diet and exercise. Patients using Xenical in conjunction with a healthier lifestyle tended to lose up to 3 kgs more over the course of a year than those not using the drug.
What other options are available?
The straightforward option is dieting, however, while dieting often helps people lose weight, they usually find it difficult to keep their weight down unless it is combined with improved exercise and better, more balanced eating.
There are also more drastic measures available such as gastric surgery, you may have heard of the gastric band. This works by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold and thereby creates the sensation of being full after a much smaller meal. Although effective for seriously obese patients this is an extreme procedure.
Have your free consultation today and let UKMedix work with you to bring your weight down.
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