Many ways to get in shape
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.
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.
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