When big isn’t better
Almost 50% of Brits will be obese by 2045 if we keep going the way we are . So if you or someone you know is at risk of becoming a stat, now’s the time to put a stop to it. Not by using fad diets or pills that promise to magically melt away fat. But by having the balls to commit to a lifestyle change for good. It’s as simple – and as hard – as that.
It’s the sort of advice you’d expect from a Personal Trainer and owner of a fitness studio. But believe me – it’s not coming from a place of judgment or snobbery. When it comes to weight issues, I know what I’m talking about because I’ve been there.
Being the ‘fat kid’ at school wasn’t easy. I was the victim of relentless bullying that got so bad, I had to move schools. The whole experience left me with some deep emotional scars. But once I hit my teens, I decided enough was enough. I got into sports and found I was pretty good at it. And (to cut a long story short) the rest is history.
Everyone has a different story. I get that. But the one thing that overweight and obese people do have in common is the enormous health risks they live with – and often sadly die from. I’m talking Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke – not to mention cancer.
It doesn’t have to be that way, people.
If you’re overweight, or the scales are leaning in that direction, do something about it now. Sure, knowing where to begin can be daunting, but it’s about starting with the basics.
Talk to your GP
Start from the beginning by getting a clear picture of your health. Your GP will typically run a series of simple tests so you know how much weight you need to lose, and what health issues you may need to consider as part of your action plan.
Don’t go it alone
The end goal is to get to a healthy weight and stay there. But you don’t have to get there by yourself. Get some pros on board who can put you on a healthy weight-loss programme and teach you how to make the right lifestyle changes to stay on track. Consider a dietician, counsellor, Personal Trainer, or even an obesity specialist who can support you.
Taking weight loss seriously means making positive changes to diet and exercise – not to mention attitudes and behaviours. But it doesn’t hurt to have a heads up on what to expect as part of the process.
You’ll change what you eat by…
- Cutting back on calorie intake with the guidance of your doctor or healthcare professional.
- Making healthy food choices, like eating more plant-based foods (fruit and veg), wholegrain carbs, lean protein (beans, lentils, and lean meat), and small amounts of heart-healthy fats.
- Doing away with salt and sugar loaded foods as well as high-carb, full-fat foods altogether.
You’ll be more active by…
- Exercising regularly – just walking is a good place to start. But your workouts will be determined by your current weight and weight loss goals. So you’ll be guided by your doctor or healthcare professional.
- Increasing the amount of exercise you do as you lose weight and your fitness improves.
- Being more active in everyday life to burn calories – taking the stairs instead of the escalator, walking your dog instead of paying someone to do it, parking further from the shops than on the doorstep.
You’ll see things differently by…
- Rebooting your behaviours and attitudes around food and lifestyle habits so you can keep the weight off for good.
- Seeking counselling or therapy with trained pros to help you understand why you overeat and what your triggers are – and you’ll learn healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Joining support groups to meet likeminded people on the same journey as you. You’ll make friends and comrades who will keep you going when the going gets tough.
If you’re waiting for an invitation to get started on a path of good health and fitness, THIS. IS. IT. At Anarchy45, we’re here to support you 100% of the way. Our team of Personal Trainers have the experience and know-how to help you reach your goals and turn your health around. But it’s up to you to show up and commit to it.
Owner and Personal Trainer
For more information and support about treating obesity, visit the British Obesity Society.
 University College of London, 2018.