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Weight Loss Management

If you are overweight, losing 5 - 10% of your body weight can lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels, and help protect you against diabetes and cancer. Losing weight and keeping it off is about eating well, moving more, and instilling lifelong healthy habits.

Crash or fad diets come and go, often leaving you to regain even more weight than when you started. Although the promised miracle fix has its appeal, it’s an empty promise that just helps make its promoter rich.

Instead, think about the small changes you can start making every day that will not only help you manage your weight, but also be healthier so that you can get the most out of life.

Managing weight is about balancing the energy (kilojoules/calories) you consume through food and drinks with the energy that you burn off through keeping your body alive and physically active.

To lose weight, consume less energy than you burn off. The main ways to do this are by choosing healthier foods, eating a bit less of most things (except vegetables and fruit) and moving more.

One way of calculating if you are within a healthy weight range is to know your body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height. It is used as a tool to identify possible weight problems in adults.

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Speak to your Fono GP to get your weight and BMI checked and for advice on healthy weight loss programmes, and weight management.

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