Our grateful thanks to Dr's Gill Jenkins & Jacquie Lavin for their input to our 'on-air' report that you can hear again via the audio player below.
However we want to paint it, we can't get away from the fact that far too many of us are overweight, inactive and our burgeoning body masses are putting us at risk of a range of life limiting conditions that will sadly, for some, lead to premature death. A stark reality - that we can do something about.
There are a host of organisations that are available to assist our desire to live a leaner and fitter life, we heard from one, Slimming World, as part of our report - there are, of course, others, such as Weight Watchers, Rosemary Conley Diet & Fit Clubs - fee based organisations that boast many successes.
As we heard from Dr Gill Jenkins, having support around you to help in your quest to lose weight is important - some people find that the various slimming organisations, provide that - for others, having the backing of family, friends and colleagues is the spur that assists them reach their goal.
There are many different diet plans, books, online facilities as well as phone/tablet apps that can be useful - there's also organisations that for a fee will deliver nutritionally balanced, low calorie meals to your door - so, there really is so much out there that can help....but you don't have to spend a small fortune to help you lose weight.
We've chosen as our recommended model for sensible weight loss, the FREE NHS Choices weight loss guide that has been developed under the supervision and advice of specialist dietitians from the British Dietetic Association, which represents registered dietitians in the UK and have featured in previous Word On Health reports.
The NHS weight loss guide, is a popular, free 12-week diet and exercise plan is designed to help you lose weight safely – and keep it off. It promotes safe and sustainable weight loss, helps you to learn how to to make healthier food choices, there's support from an online community, weekly progress charts, exercise plans to help you lose weight and it will teach you skills to prevent weight regain.
This guide is intended for use by healthy adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 and over. Find out if you need to lose weight using the NHS Choices BMI healthy weight calculator.
It is not suitable for children and young people or pregnant women. If you have a medical condition, you should consult your GP before starting. It's a good idea to seek the advice of a health professional before starting on any weight loss programme.
Here's to a leaner, fitter, healthier you!
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