Weight Management Tips
- The ‘lifestyle’ approach to weight management
- Eating according to your needs
- A guide to balanced, enjoyable eating
- The importance of eating regularly
- Variety and flavour is the key
Having trouble finding the right weight management tips? Here are some simple and effective tips to help you get started.
Weight management and being fit is not just about appearances – it’s about being healthier. If you’re overweight, losing weight can reduce your risk of developing health problems both now and later in life.
There is no easy answer when it comes to losing weight (i.e. body fat) and getting in shape. It takes time, patience and perseverance. The best way to approach weight loss is to look at your existing lifestyle habits and make small, gradual changes that you can continue over the long term.
Try to think of some positive lifestyle changes that you can realistically follow, right up to your senior years.
Most dietitians and doctors will agree that weight loss involves some form of lifestyle change.
The key is to make lifestyle changes that can be maintained for life. Avoiding your favourite treat (e.g. hot chips) for the rest of
People have different dietary requirements. Men generally require more energy and nutrients than women, however, there are
No single food can provide a nutritious and balanced diet. Eating a wide variety of foods from the core food groups is the key to
Our body needs energy to get through the day and this energy comes from food. It is important to eat regular meals to
Skipping meals won’t help you lose weight. You’re more likely to make up for it by eating more at the next meal.
You’ve probably heard before that breaking the overnight fast (i.e. eating breakfast) is important. Eating breakfast is like refueling
At breakfast, aim to include:
No single food provides all the nutrients we need, so it is important to eat a wide variety of foods to get the best nutrition possible.
Do all slimming diets help you lose weight?
Most diets, including ‘fad’ diets, can help you lose weight… that is, in the short term. But not all diets and eating plans help you maintain your weight in the long term. The best weight loss strategies are those that help you to lose excess body fat and keep the weight off for years thereafter.
Which diets work best?
Unfortunately, there are no ‘miracle’ diets that allow you to lose weight without effort or carry on eating whatever you like. The only way to lose weight and keep it off in the long term is to adopt a balanced lifestyle approach by consuming less energy (kilojoules) and increasing your level of physical activity.
How much weight can I safely lose each week?
A gradual weight loss of 1/2 to 1kg per week is considered safe, or even less for for adolescents or breastfeeding women. A slow and gradual drop in weight will help you maintain your ‘goal weight’ once it has been reached.
What are the dangers of an unbalanced diet?
Unbalanced diets and restrictive food plans could lead to low levels of vitamins, minerals and energy. In the short term, these deficiencies may not be noticeable, but in the medium to long term, they can have health consequences.
Are any weight-loss diets suitable for children?
Children require a certain amount of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals to grow properly. Any restrictions to their food intake must be made with caution. However, if your child is overweight, you should seek the advice of your doctor or an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in Australia or Registered Dietitian (RD) in New Zealand. These professionals can provide advice and guidance on how to manage the weight problem.