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Weight Management

Are you overweight?
Do you have a high BMI (Body Mass Index)?

Is your increasing abdominal waist measurement (central obesity)
putting your body at risk of initiating ‘Metabolic Syndrome’?

People with metabolic syndrome have an increased long-term risk for
developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke with
symptoms such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and
insulin resistance. Metabolic syndrome is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.

The number one risk factor that leads to metabolic syndrome is related
to obesity. If metabolic syndrome is not appropriately managed, irreversible
damage to your heart, arteries, liver, kidneys and nervous system will result.

Are you at risk?
A healthy waist measurement is below 94cm for men and below 80cm for women.

Metabolic Syndrome indicator is a waist measurement above 102cm for men and above 88cm for women.

Having a higher percentage of body fat than what is considered normal
is now known to be one of the most serious causes of ill health – DISEASE.

Being overweight creates a problem with insulin resistance and high blood
insulin levels. Not all people with blood sugar (glucose) irregularities are overweight
but most overweight people have resistance to the effect of insulin, resulting in
disturbances to fat metabolism and this increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease,
infertility, female reproductive disorders including polycystic ovarian syndrome,
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.

The long-term effect of elevated fat mass also increases inflammation thereby promoting allergies,
muscular aches and pain, whilst reducing energy production. This produces fatigue, lethargy and
lowered self-esteem and may further contribute to depression and eating disorders.

Weight gain is a major factor in ‘disease states’ that cannot be ignored with over seven million
Australians considered overweight and, of those, over two million people considered obese. It has been
proven that by losing excess body fat, combining daily exercise and changing to a healthier lifestyle, you
will not only live longer but also look better and have more energy.

Do you know your BMI?
The body mass index (BMI) is a general accepted chart used to measure the individual’s body weight
divided by the square of his or her height. This BMI chart is a general guide and accepted way of
expressing weight. It is simple to measure and it provides a strong correlation with the amount of fat in
the body in the vast majority of people over 18.

When you have calculated your BMI you can determine your healthy weight range from the chart.
The BMI chart is a general guide that you can do in the comfort of your own home. It is important to
remember there may be reasons to modify the interpretation and you should discuss this with your
health professional.

When can BMI be Misleading?

1.    In Athletes: The BMI can be misleading in athletes (such a body builders) who have a low body
       fat percentage, but deliver an excessive BMI as they have a significant increase in muscle mass.
       As the index is a calculation of weight and height alone, it assumes that the increase is due
       entirely to body fat.

2.    In Children: The BMI can be misleading in children, as body fatness changes over the years as
       they grow, and girls and boys also differ in their body fatness as they mature. In children it is
       better to express weight as a percentile value, in which it is compared to others at the same age
       and sex.

3.    In Ethnic Groups: For some ethnic groups the BMI values need to be modified. For Chinese,
        Indian and Malaysian people, a BMI greater than 23 is regarded as overweight and a BMI greater
        than 27.5 is regarded as obese.

Healthy Diet
A healthy diet, which is based on reducing carbohydrates and maintaining
adequate protein to lower blood sugar levels of the primary fat producing
hormone insulin, has been proven to be effective in weight management.

This reduction of carbohydrates forces the body to burn fat,
while maintaining protein intake and preserving valuable muscle mass.
The use of only low GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates ensures that the body
does not produce high levels of insulin. This is important, as high levels of
insulin will cause the body to store carbohydrates as fat and stops fat being converted to energy.

This has the effect of not only making a person fat, but will also keep them fat.

Low GI carbohydrates slowly release glucose into your blood stream. These foods have the effect of
keeping your energy levels balanced and keep you feeling fuller for longer between meals. The lower
the GI carbohydrates, the slower the rise in your blood glucose levels when the food is consumed.

There is always a positive way to manage weight issues, either over weight or under weight. It is exciting
to offer you the tools to help you reach your goal.

If you are looking for weight loss program to suit you and your lifestyle we can help you reach your goal. 

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