Westridge Medical may refer you to other professionals and services for advice such as an exercise physiologist, a physiotherapist or a dietitian.
Almost two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese. Your risk of chronic disease increases when you are overweight or obese… eg. heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. If you are above a healthy weight, just losing a few kilograms can lower your risk of health problems.
To lose weight, you will need to eat and drink fewer kilojoules than you actually use up. (A kilojoule [kJ] is a measure of the amount of energy one gets from food. On average an adult burns around 8,700kJ per day, but this amount varies depending on age, gender and your level of activity.)
A weight-loss diet requires omitting or limiting certain types of food and drinks and replacing them with healthy, nutritious options so that you lose weight.
A ‘fad’ diet is a weight-loss eating plan that often promises speedy results. They are often advertised on media and usually not based on science or don’t have a lot of clinical research to back up their claim to losing weight. Often, fad weight-loss diets require that you cut out entire food groups, which could mean you don’t get all the nutrients your body requires.
Fad diets should not be confused with vegetarian or vegan diets. Vegetarians and vegans can get all the nutrients they need with careful planning..
Your GP can help you choose an eating and exercise plan that suits your lifestyle and is healthy. Following a healthy eating plan is great for your health and will mean you are more likely to keep the weight off for a longer period of time.
The key to losing weight is to focus on a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and eat a balanced healthy diet which includes the 5 healthy food groups.
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