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