"We all know that eating less and being more active will help us lose weight, but it can be quite hard to put it into action especially in the long-term, which is why some people need additional support," said Professor Kate Jolly, professor of public health at the University of Birmingham and NICE guidance developer.The number of people who are overweight or obese in England – and the United States - is rising. More than a quarter of adults in England are now classified as obese and another 42% of men and 33% of women are overweight.
Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said, "It not only damages their health but dealing with the long-term consequences of obesity costs the NHS around Â£5.1 billion each year. It is a huge cost to the health service."NICE said that obesity increases the risk of serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers and even a modest weight loss of 3% kept off for life may improve or prevent health problems.
What can you do to ensure you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight?
- If you've been sedentary for a long time, are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, see your doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning a physical activity program.
- Celebrate summer and get moving! Schedule one afternoon a week for the family to do yard work together. Studies show that you can burn about 350 calories an hour mowing the lawn or 175 calories for 30 minutes of weeding. Not only will you get a great workout, your yard will look great too.
- Make time to exercise. Find a convenient time and place to do activities. Try to make it a habit, but be flexible. If you miss an exercise opportunity, work activity into your day another way.
- Look for chances to be more active during the day. Walk the mall before shopping, take the stairs instead of the escalator or take 10–15 minute breaks while watching TV or sitting for walking or some other activity.
- Keep reasonable expectations of yourself. Losing weight is a marathon endeavor, not a sprint. It will take time.
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