Once it was Audrey Hepburn, now it’s Cheryl Cole: celebrity culture has always made us feel under pressure to feel thin. But yo-yo diets, quick fixes and unhealthy fasting have been proven to cause more harm than good. And there’s never more pressure than during the summer season.
Those of us with love handles, muffin tops, bingo wings and other problem areas we’d rather disguise, often feel at our most self-conscious when we hit the beach and begin to peel away the layers we’ve come to rely on.
So, what’s the answer?
The Simple Truth
For those who are overweight, shedding the pounds can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, type two diabetes, some types of cancers and numerous other diseases. Not only that, but weight problems can reduce quality of life and impact on self-esteem.
The best way to treat obesity and avoid weight gain is, and has always been, to eat a healthy, balanced and reduced-calorie diet combined with regular exercise. But in cases where lifestyle changes alone are not achieving results there are other slimming aids available. For individuals at risk of developing further health problems as a result of a high Body Mass Index (BMI), it is possible for doctors and pharmacists to prescribe prescription medication containing an active ingredient known as Orlistat.
Although not the definitive guide to health, the Body Mass Index (BMI) can be an indication as to the state of one’s health. Guidelines are as follows:
- A BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight
- A BMI of 30-40 is considered obese
- A BMI of 40+ is considered severely obese
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One such drug containing Orlistat is Xenical (Orlistat 120mg), which prevents the body from absorbing some of the fat contained within the food we eat. By reducing fat digestion, clinical studies have shown that almost two thirds of people treated with Xenical successfully lost at least 5% body weight over a two year period in conjunction with a healthier diet.
Weight loss medication does not mean a quick fix
Losing weight requires commitment and patience in equal measure. Pharmacists are well placed to advise on how weight loss medication can be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise to help individuals achieve genuine results.
Ultimately it’s important to take a long view. A balanced diet, frequent exercise and a holistic approach to your overall wellbeing should be high on everyone’s agenda. Remember that even losing seemingly small amounts of weight can bring significant health benefits as long as that weight can be kept off permanently.
As for exercise, you don’t have to become a full-time athlete. Walking to work or just regularly having a kick-about with the kids can reap rewards.
For friendly, caring support and advice on weight loss treatments, why not call Express Pharmacy today on 0208 123 0703.