Lighten your load with Weightwise Extra

Published: Monday 8th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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Today marks the beginning of National Obesity Awareness Week. We spoke with Hull service Weightwise Extra, to find out about healthy lifestyles.

Weightwise is a weight management service, offering bespoke support to those who want to increase their physical activity, lose weight, improve confidence and boost self-esteem.

“Whilst Weightwise is for adults, we also run a Weightwise Extra service for Children and Young People aged 4-17. We help them to improve and maintain their health over a 6-24 month period,” a representative tells us. “Our service provides children with an opportunity to discuss their lifestyles on a one-to-one basis. They also have access to the fun 24-week Weightwise Extra club.”

Young people can be referred to the service by their family doctor or school nurse, but if you do have any questions, please call 01482 247 111.

The Weightwise team follow the NHS’s Eatwell Guide to advise a balanced, nutritious diet.

“A good diet is important for good health,” they continue. “Eating a variety of foods can really improve general wellbeing, as well as reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis in the bones. It’s also a fantastic way to manage your weight.”

As most of us don’t eat enough fruit and veg, one of the first things Weightwise recommends is to incorporate a variety of at least five portions of the stuff into our daily lives. This is easier than it may sound, with a lot of options out there, including fresh produce, frozen or tinned fruit for desserts and dried fruit for snacks.

The next tip they suggest is to base all of your meals on starchy carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta.

“Where possible opt for higher-fibre, wholegrain varieties of foods, such as brown rice and wholewheat pasta. Or simply leave the skin on potatoes,” they explain.

Meanwhile, a clever way of enjoying the same foods but with less fat and sugar is to switch up the products that you purchase.

“Opt for dairy alternatives with lower fat and sugar options. Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and only eat them in small amounts.”

On top of this, lean cuts of meat, pulses, beans, peas and lentils are an excellent source of much-needed protein, vitamins and minerals, Weightwise asserts.

“Have at least two portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily,” they add.

And of course, staying hydrated is a fantastic way to feel well and energised throughout the day.

“You should be drinking on average two litres of water a day, so try to have around six to eight glasses,” the spokesperson advises.

There is some room for a treat or two as well, as long as sugary and fatty foods don’t make up the majority of your diet:

“If you do eat food and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar, only have them in moderation.”

More information about Weightwise Extra can be found on CHCP’s Integrated Community Care Service website.

In the meantime, The Eatwell Guide plus a plethora of other handy resources on staying healthy are available on the NHS website.

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Published: Monday 8th January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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