Overweight – the health effects
According to Cancer Research, 62% of adults are overweight or obese. This is a staggering figure and highlights an enormous public health and economic cost. Whilst being overweight is a recognised problem some people still seem unsure of the significant negative effects of carrying too much weight.
Muscle vs Fat
The first point in any discussion about weight should be around the composition or make up of weight. A person may have a higher weight due to having more muscle but in fact have a healthy volume of body fat. An average male should have less than 20% body fat and for a female less than 30% body fat. If you do contain too much body fat, you are more likely to have conditions like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, gout, osteoarthritis, sleep apnoea and some cancers. These conditions can be directly related to lifestyle choices. This should be viewed as good news, as individuals can make a huge difference in decreasing the probability of ill health through actions they control. The further positive news is the recognition that you can make a positive impact on your health at any age. A good example of this is explained by one of our founders, Dr Donnai, here: “How type 2 diabetes can be managed and reversed through lifestyle medicine”.
Managing weight appears easier than ever with a consistent flow of new diet plans, supplements, and types of exercise styles becoming available on the market but it is common to see many of these have short term results, and no long term impact on the actual fat mass causing the issues. Some ways of losing body weight quickly may, in fact, be having a negative affect by causing malnutrition or lowering hydration levels, so it appears weight is decreasing but the body is just deprived of essential nutrients and fluids.
Health assessment for lasting weight loss
At Viavi:be,using our Health Coach’s experience and the knowledge from our Harley Street professionals, we understand there are many components to managing weight – which may include stress, hormones, sleep, nutrition and types of exercise. We therefore begin our approach by understanding our member’s lifestyle, followed by a health assessment to evaluate body composition quickly and accurately. We understand how much fat, muscle, water and bone members are composed of, before curating a bespoke and personalised lifestyle plan to help manage their weight, alongside a structured exercise routine. This could include nutrition advice on blood sugar control or calorie management. It may focus on ways to manage stress and sleep to unlock better weight loss. We also provide blogs, with discussions on how to exercise correctly and efficiently. We are confident we are in a better position to maintain long lasting change with our members because they are not only making healthy choices, but they understand why they are making the changes.
Oliver Patrick, who is a leading Health Physiologist and one of the founders of Viavi:be, explains some simple ways you can manage your weight, here – 5 tips for healthy, sustainable weight loss.