Losing Weight

That old chestnut.

Yeah I know.
But...

Losing weight could be one of the most beneficial things you can do to prolong your life.

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As we get older for a number of reasons we put on weight, some of us put on more than others.


This is usually due to the mechanics of metabolism, hormonal changes, and lifestyle.


If kept within certain parameters this shouldn't be a problem.








But the trouble is...

Fat accumilation is a stealthy opponent, it creeps up on you, and when you least expect it...

BANG
Its there
YOUR OVERWEIGHT!
and if you don't tackle it...
Your in danger of becoming
OBESE!!

"So what?"

So try LOSING WEIGHT!



I'm not going to rave on about the things that obesity can lead to.
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I'll just leave you this short list



  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Joint problems
  • Impotence



Remember: I'm not a diet Fascist. I'm just trying to talk a little sense
(and maybe frighten the bejaysus out of ya along the way)


"Okay so what's overweight and what's obese?"

  • The recommended amount of body fat is 13 - 17%.
  • The average man has approximately 17 - 19% body fat.
  • 25% body fat or higher is considered obese.



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Its not only the amount of body fat you have that's a worry.

Its where on your body you are carrying it that should also concern you.







There is a proven link between having a big belly and having a heart attack!

If the ratio of your waist to you hip measurement is more than 0.9
(Divide your waist by your hips)
You are what's known as Centrally Obese, and at considerably higher risk of a Heart Attack!

(By the way it's 0.85 for women)

Central obesity is when you have excess fat in your body cavity.
As opposed to fat under your skin.

This is called Visceral Fat, and is what gives you a 'pot belly'.

One study quoted in THE LANCET makes sobering reading:

More than 27,000 people from 52 countries took part.
Just under half had already had their first heart attack.
They were compared with people of the same sex and similar age who had not had a heart attack.

Participants were asked questions about their health, their economic status, their lifestyle,and any family history of heart disease.

Measurements were also taken of their weight, their height, and their waist and hip circumferences.

The study showed that waist-to-hip ratio is a very accurate method of predicting who is likely to have a heart attack.

Because:
People who'd had a heart attack had much higher waist-to-hip ratios than those who hadn't.
This finding was valid in both men and women, whatever their age and whatever part of the world they came from.

Aint that worrying?

So what do we do?

If you could do with losing weight, and lets be honest most of us probably do...

There is a lot of help on ths site.

But remember:

It will mean a lifestyle change.


The following pages will help you to form a WORKABLE strategy, for losing weight and improving the quality of life yet to come







The Mechanics of Metabolism

Will explain how your metabolism works and will give you some idea how fat forms.


Diets Dont Work!

"There is no miracle diet that will genuinely lose you more than about a pound of fat per week"


The Only Diet That Works

The only diet that will work is one you set yourself.Using your own tastes and preferences.


Successful Diet Tips

Proven Tips to help change your eating habits



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