Weight Loss: start your consultation
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Here at HealthExpress, we'll provide you with a helping hand throughout your journey.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts are here to offer:
Dietary advice and meal plans to help build long-term habits
Tips for adding exercise into your weekly routine
Follow-up consultations to check in with your journey
Informative content about weight loss-related topics
Recommendations for your calorific needs
According to a recent, two-thirds of adults in the UK are overweight or obese. It’s a condition that puts you at a higher risk of health complications and significantly impacts your quality of life.
Losing weight is the best way to get a grasp on your health. Luckily, you no longer have to lose weight alone. Weight loss treatments, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, are the perfect tool to help you lose weight. HealthExpress offers several treatments, such as Mysimba, Xenical (Orlistat), Saxenda and Wegovy.
There is no one ideal weight for everyone. A healthy weight for you will depend on your background, height, and activity levels. However, one medical way to calculate what weight you should be is your BMI.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way of calculating your ideal body weight based on your height. You calculate it by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared (weight (kg) / (height (m))²). There are also several tools online that will calculate your BMI for you.
It is the method most used by clinical professionals and is what is used when deciding whether someone is suitable for treatment. However, it may not be accurate if you have a lot of muscle mass.
Your BMI will tell you whether your weight is within a healthy range or not. See the below BMI chart to see where your BMI fits.
If you have a BMI of 40 or more, you are deemed as morbidly obese.
Obesity is caused by eating more than you need. When you eat more than you need, your body stores the extra calories as fat. It can cause weight gain.
The availability of fast food is increasing, while the amount of physical activity people are doing is decreasing. This is causing a health crisis. 12% of British people say they eat fast food at least once a week.
Some medical conditions, medicines and other factors are linked to weight gain, including:
A common myth is that obesity is genetic and therefore losing weight is too difficult. However, this is not the case. While you may have inherited traits that mean you have a larger appetite and gain weight more easily, that doesn’t mean you cannot lose weight.
High blood sugar levels in people with diabetes can result in weight gain. This is because the excess sugar in the bloodstream causes insulin to be stored in the body as fatty tissue. People who take insulin may also see weight gain as a side effect.
Managing your diabetes, alongside healthy lifestyle changes, will help with weight loss as well as improve your health and well-being overall.
Being overweight can cause physical and mental health problems. For example, it can lead to:
Being obese can lead to life-threatening complications, such as heart attacks and strokes. It can also increase your risk of developing cancer, and it can make your life shorter by.
Losing weight will significantly reduce your risk of serious health complications. Research has shown that it reduces your risk of 13 cancers, including bowel and breast cancer.
Not only does it improve your physical health, but it also has many other health benefits that will improve your general well-being.
The bottom line is that there are many good reasons to lose weight, not just for aesthetic reasons.
For successful weight loss, you first need to make some simple but crucial lifestyle changes. You need to reduce your calorie intake and add some physical activity to your routine.
The key to weight loss is a low-calorie diet. The recommended calorie intake is 2,000kcal daily for women and 2,500kcal for men. So if you eat more than the recommended allowance daily, you’re more likely to gain weight.
As well as eating in a calorie deficit, you must eat the right foods.
A balanced diet includes plenty of:
While you should not overly restrict yourself, you should eat certain foods in moderation. Sweets and junk food are high in sugar and saturated fats are higher in calories and can lead to weight gain.
While a low-calorie diet works for most to lose weight, there are many popular diet plans for weight loss.
These diets can have benefits but are not safe for everyone. They can lead to unhealthy eating habits or side effects from dieting incorrectly. Always consult a healthcare or nutrition professional (e.g. a dietitian) before starting any diet.
If you want to lose weight, you will need to change your diet. However, you don’t have to go on a radical diet or specific diet plan for sustainable weight loss. Instead, focus on consuming fewer calories and prioritising eating healthy foods.
Planning your meals and calorie counting will help to ensure you don’t exceed your daily calorie allowance.
Boosting the amount of physical activity you do will also help with weight loss, as it will help burn the calories you consume.
Aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week. See below for examples of each.
You don’t have to do a lot to see results. Even walking at just 3 miles per hour for 30 minutes can burn up to 150 calories.
Achieving your goals is not easy, and it’s natural to reach a plateau or not see progress. If you’re not seeing progress, you may want to reevaluate your strategy.
Ask yourself several questions:
These factors can hinder your journey. So while it might be disheartening to see the scale go down slowly, it’s important to take care of your well-being and your weight loss will happen gradually.
Tracking your progress through pictures is also a great way to stay motivated. You should also do regular measurements of your body. This is helpful if you’re exercising and trying to gain muscle mass because the scale may not go down but your measurements may change.
Below is an overview of all of the weight loss treatments available at HealthExpress.
|Treatment||Active ingredient||Format||How it works|
|Saxenda||Liraglutide||Injection||Reduce your appetite by delaying stomach emptying.|
|Mysimba||Bupropion/naltrexone||Tablet||Alters parts of your brain responsible for appetite.|
|Xenical||Orlistat||Tablet||Decreases the amount of fat absorbed from your diet.|
As well as prescription injections and tablets, you may also come across other alternatives online. Diet supplements are available in the form of teas, drinks, gummies or powders and claim to help you lose weight with natural ingredients.
Unfortunately, these products tend to be fake. They can also be harmful to some people. Beware of any product that claims it will help you lose weight in a short space of time or by using natural ingredients because it probably doesn’t do what it says it does.
Never buy or use herbal supplements online without consulting a doctor or pharmacist.
You can buy treatment online at HealthExpress, provided you are eligible for treatment. All you have to do is complete a confidential and quick online consultation so our doctors can ensure it's safe for you to take. Once approved, your treatment will be delivered to your doorstep with free next-day delivery.
Your safety is important to us, so our UK-registered doctors will closely monitor your progress throughout your weight loss program. This ensures you’re meeting your milestones.