A Healthy Lifestyle
The term "diet" is loaded with negative feelings – a sense of deprivation, hunger and sacrifice. It is burdened with our the desire to look good, with guilt and fear of failure. It is common for those who do cannot stick to a diet to regress and gain more weight, further lowering their self-esteem and doing damage to their health. But there is hope. Research shows that a 5% change in lifestyle will help maintain weight loss.
Weight loss is only beneficial if it is sustained. Fad diets will not help. The only way to succeed is to learn more about the benefits of a healthy diet and experience these in person. Your "weight loss diet" becomes a new way of life. Small sacrifices will deliver the real physical and emotional benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
People suffering from any of the following conditions will reduce risk factors and benefit from a healthier weight:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Fatty Liver
- Osteoarticular aches and pains
- Low energy levels, and sleep apnoea
- Infertility and PCOS
- Reduced self-confidence
What is important for me?
Ask yourself - What is important for me? Good health and an attractive appearance or a diet of excess?
With a healthy weight and diet you will enjoy your life, and have a longer life to enjoy. Obesity shortens life. If you are obese at 40, your life is expected to be reduced by 6-7 years (3 years if you are overweight). If you are obese and a smoker at 40, your life is expected to be reduced by 13-14 years.
In 1993 the World Health Organisation declared obesity to be a new epidemic. Since then, levels of overweight have increased. Obesity is a chronic disease - it is harmful for your health. Overweight and obesity are associated with serious medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels which all slowly but steadily lead to a serious, life-threatening condition called atherosclerosis, one step before heart attack.