Managing your weight can feel like a difficult task, especially if you are over- or under weight, but with a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you can gain control.
The best way to manage your weight is through a combination of diet and exercise. Also remember that you shouldn't expect to make changes to your body overnight. Crash dieting or extreme weight loss can be harmful to your body, and is unlikely to result in long-term change, so try to stick to sensible adjustments that you will be able to incorporate into your daily routine.
Your healthy weight is unlikely to be the same as those around you, this is because how much you should weigh depends on your height. A good way of measuring whether you are a healthy weight or are underweight, overweight or obese is to measure your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI can be calculated by dividing your weight (kg) by your height (m), and then dividing the answer by your height. Alternatively, you can enter your height and weight into a BMI calculator and let it do the sums for you. A healthy BMI is between 18.5-24.9.
Doing regular exercise helps control your weight, build muscle and keep you fit and healthy. Find an activity that is right for you and do it regularly. Small changes in your daily routine can also make a big difference; walking for just 10 or 20 minutes a day can greatly improve your general health, fitness and wellbeing.
Balance is key in maintaining a healthy diet. Remember that eating healthily doesn’t mean constantly being on a diet or depriving yourself of foods you love, it’s all about balancing the different food groups and making healthy choices every day. Just like with physical exercise, making small changes to your diet can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. This might mean swapping a bag of crisps for an apple at lunchtime, or having a takeaway as a treat once a month instead of once a week.
You will probably notice any weight gain or loss by the way your clothes fit or the way you feel, but weighing yourself can be useful when you’re consciously trying to manage your weight. Try not to get obsessed with weighing yourself, stepping on the scales once a week is sufficient. You may also find it helpful to keep track of your weight, and there are several apps available to help you do this.