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weight Management Plans


If you are obese and you wish to lose weight Westridge Medical can discuss effective weight-loss options and provide the following services:
  • Plan which type of diet is right for you
  • Create an exercise plan to see which exercise will work for you and how much exercise is appropriate for you
  • Further testing or treatments for obesity-related conditions
  • Treatments may be required for an underlying cause of obesity such as polycystic ovary syndrome

Westridge Medical may refer you to other professionals and services for advice such as an exercise physiologist, a physiotherapist or a dietitian.

What is a diet?

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 stroketype 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.

What is a 'Fad' diet?

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.

Tips for losing weight

  • Swap foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt with foods from one of the 5 healthy food (different coloured vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans, milk, yoghurt and cheese, mostly reduced fat)
  • Avoid takeaways — eat leftovers from the previous night’s meal instead
  • Eat regularly and plan ahead having healthy snacks at hand
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Enjoy a wide variety of foods and colours of foods
  • Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes each day
  • Eat plenty of fibre to fill up
  • Eat more vegetables – all colours!
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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.

Book an appointment to discuss your weight management plan with a Doctor at Westridge Medical in Toowoomba on 0746366884.