Many ways to get in shape

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVICE, TRUST AND CARE FOR YOUR HEALTH -

OBE­SITY is the third-big­gest dis­ease bur­den be­hind smoking and high blood pres­sure, with three in five adult Aus­tralians con­sid­ered to be over­weight or obese.

It brings an in­creased risk of hyper­ten­sion, stroke and di­a­betes, and costs the coun­try huge amounts of money in health­care.

Visit your lo­cal Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera Guardian Phar­ma­cies for weight man­age­ment ser­vices. Th­ese range from prod­ucts to help you main­tain a healthy weight, to phar­ma­cist-only medicines, and pro­grams tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual’s needs.

Very Low Calo­rie Di­ets

VLCD pro­grams re­strict car­bo­hy­drate and to­tal en­ergy in­take, which en­ables your body to use its fat stores as en­ergy.

Th­ese di­ets are ef­fec­tive in the treat­ment of obe­sity, with weekly weight loss av­er­ag­ing about 2kg in the first four to six weeks, and pro­vide greater ini­tial weight loss than other forms of calo­rie re­stric­tion.

While en­ergy in­take is re­stricted, a well-man­aged pro­gram with added vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ments will help achieve goals.

VLCDs ver­sus meal re­place­ment pro­grams

Un­like VLCDs, a meal re­place­ment pro­gram re­places one to two meals a day with a shake, soup, bar or sim­i­lar prod­uct.

While this is of­ten a faster diet choice than oth­ers, it does not pro­mote good long-term habits.

How­ever, weight man­age­ment pro­gram Be Good To Your­self (BGTY) of­fers con­sul­ta­tion, a com­pre­hen­sive range of meal re­place­ment prod­ucts, and mo­ti­va­tional ad­vice and re­sources. The pro­gram is based on: Di­etary changes with three dif­fer­ent con­trolled calo­rie meal plans to suit the in­di­vid­ual’s needs.

Ex­er­cise, which is an im­por­tant part of weight man­age­ment, health and well-be­ing.

Mo­ti­va­tion from re­sources, con­sul­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing ser­vices (BMI and weight record­ing).

The BGTY pro­gram is sci­en­tif­i­cally for­mu­lated to pro­mote healthy long-term eat­ing, ex­er­cise and goal set­ting.

Weight-loss medicines

In some sit­u­a­tions, peo­ple may re­quire ex­tra help to lose ex­cess weight.

In ad­di­tion to a healthy diet and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, weight loss medicines may be ap­pro­pri­ate. Th­ese medicines, avail­able both over the counter and on pre­scrip­tion, are used on the rec­om­men­da­tion of a phar­ma­cist or doc­tor.

Your Guardian phar­ma­cist can help you de­cide if this is right for you, us­ing a sim­ple mea­sure­ment called Body Mass In­dex (BMI).

What is a BMI check?

A BMI check is a health in­di­ca­tor used to es­ti­mate the to­tal amount of fat in your body.

The mea­sure­ment is used to cal­cu­late a per­son’s ideal weight for their height.

Based on this cal­cu­la­tion, the phar­ma­cist will be able to pro­vide pro­fes­sional ad­vice on how to achieve an in­di­vid­ual’s ideal weight.

This may be to rec­om­mend ap­pro­pri­ate prod­ucts, med­i­ca­tions or ser­vices to as­sist in los­ing ex­cess body fat – all tai­lored to the in­di­vid­ual’s needs.

Weight man­age­ment ser­vices at your lo­cal

Guardian phar­ma­cists in Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah are avail­able to pro­vide friendly and pro­fes­sional as­sis­tance with medicines and weight-loss man­age­ment ser­vices.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

HEALTHY HELP: Jess Dob­son has a new range of healthy prod­ucts to show when it comes to weight loss.

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