Weight Loss : NHS Supports The ‘Lose A Little, Keep It Off’ Theory

You may have noticed the news this morning, the news that the NHS are backing the theory that losing a little weight goes some way to helping people keep it off. Well, if you’re anything like me you’ll be thinking that this is by no means new news, but it is refreshing to hear all the same. I always like to see ‘weight loss’, ‘fat loss’, ‘health’ and ‘physical activity’ featuring on the news, it’s encouraging, but the fact that the NHS now outwardly acknowledge the importance of implementing REALISTIC and OUTCOME driven weight loss targets, I feel, will help massively.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) wants overweight people to aim for a weight loss target of approx 3% of their body weight. This makes the weight loss achievable for the individual giving them a better chance of reaching a goal, and thus incentivising them to continue with more of the same. This may only equate to a couple of pounds, but the benefit reaches far beyond this. Even such a modest weight loss may help to reduce blood pressure and the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. So although this has been part of the basic recommendation from my time as a Dietitian in the NHS, it really does validate the adage that small changes can make a BIG difference.


BBC News Health, (2014). Weight loss: NHS backs 'lose a little, keep it off' plans. Retrieved 28th May, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27586149

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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