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Article :: Are you overweight?

Weight Loss - Are you overweight?
Very possibly the answer is “yes”.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 65% of men and 45% of women are overweight, and 17% of men and 19% of women are obese. Australia now has the distinction of being the second ‘fattest’ nation behind the United States of America.

Losing weight may not be as difficult as you think.

Over the years I have helped many people achieve their goal weight. You will be surprised how easy it can be. There is no doubt that it takes commitment (there are not magic wands) but with a carefully managed program and the necessary support, weight loss can be achieved and easily maintained.

The key to healthy, effective weight loss is the correct balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats. This ‘balance’ will be different for different people, so an individual approach to weight loss is essential. I will work closely with you, in order to tailor a program that best suits your individual needs.

During the process of weight loss, you will learn to approach your diet and lifestyle in a slightly different way, enabling you to have total control in maintaining your new weight. What you learn will become second nature and not the chore that is often associated with weight management.

Losing those extra kilos will improve your overall health and vitality, increase your energy and mental alertness, and improve you confidence. You will start to feel comfortable in your body once again and, of course, you will be able to go shopping for some new (slim) clothes!

Why is it important to avoid being overweight?
Increased weight and obesity are associated with a large number of chronic disorders. These include:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Heart disease, kidney disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Male and Female reproductive problems including infertility

  • Sleep apnoea

  • Some cancers including breast and colon cancer

These conditions can be avoided, and in some cases reversed, simply by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet and by maintaining your optimal body weight.
The American Institute for Cancer Research stated that as much as 33% of breast cancer could be prevented by diet, exercise and a healthy body weight. 

Increasing weight, particularly around the waist line, can lead to insulin resistance and a condition known as metabolic syndrome or syndrome X. Recent epidemiological studies show potential association between insulin resistance and colon cancer. One study found that metabolic syndrome was a risk factor for colorectal cancer in men, there was a weaker link in women.

If this is the case it means that these cancers may be preventable simply by eating a healthy diet, doing a little exercise and avoiding excessive weight gain.
It is interesting to note that some people can have insulin resistance without actually being overweight on the scales. However, these people still carry a little excess weight around the middle.

The majority of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are overweight and insulin resistance is a common finding in these women. PCOS is a major cause of female infertility and menstrual irregularities.

In men, insulin resistance is associated with erectile dysfunction. It may also lead to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and possibly prostate cancer.

So you can see how important it is to achieve and maintain your optimal weight. You will not only feel better immediately, you increase your chances of having a long and healthy life.

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I am passionate about helping people improve their health and well-being.

I believe that the human spirit has the potent ability to bring about healing when it is given the necessary support to do so.

This support can be achieved in a number of ways including dietary and lifestyle adjustments and natural medicines.

These address any imbalances, and by adopting healthy habits and attitudes that nourish your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being you can achieve optimal health.


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