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Your Guide to Weight Loss

Posted Monday 10 December 2018 16:52 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

weight loss guide

26% of all adults are obese, but losing weight doesn’t have to be a losing battle

Discussions around weight are often contentious, as the media pushes a narrative that being anything other than slim is a bad thing. This is not true, and being larger is not an inherently negative trait. However, being significantly overweight or obese is a significant health issue. Obesity has been proven to trigger a variety of serious long-term health problems – and particularly weight gain that is accounted for by visceral fat around the body’s internal organs.

Your weight is your domain, and it is up to you to find the weight at which you feel most comfortable and healthy. If you want to lose weight in order to lead a happier and healthier life, we’re here to help. Here is everything you need to know about obesity, including how to tackle it effectively.

What causes obesity?

Obesity is not something that can be determined based on appearance alone. The condition is defined by the impact that excess body fat has on an individual’s overall health. In the UK, rates of obesity have risen by almost 400% in the last 25 years.

Obesity is most often the result of gradual weight gain. There are several factors thought to contribute to rising rates of obesity, including the growing accessibly to fast foods and our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. We also tend to eat diets with high sugar levels, high levels of saturated fats and a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Binge eating is another key cause of the condition.

Although obesity can run in families, there is no evidence of a hereditary link. Instead, this is most likely due to parents passing down similar lifestyles and food choices to younger generations.

What effect does obesity have?

Obesity can affect you both physically and emotionally. Psychologically, the condition can significantly impact your self-esteem and confidence levels, while also increasing your risk of mental health concerns like depression. Lack of exercise and poor diet are common traits in both depression and obesity.

Physically, obesity can have a significant impact on the body over time, putting pressure on the organs, disrupting hormones and inhibiting the systems of the body. Some of the conditions which become more likely in the face of obesity include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, pregnancy problems and even certain kinds of cancer. Obesity can also result in increased aches and pains, breathlessness, difficulty sleeping, chest pain, fatigue and excess sweating.

The benefits of weight loss

When you are obese, losing weight can have a hugely positive effect on your health, wellbeing and daily life in general. Losing weight forces you to make lifestyle changes that can benefit your outlook over time; for example, you may find that you enjoy certain kinds of exercise, or take pleasure in creating healthy, home-cooked meals.

Losing weight eases your breathing, improves your sleep quality, decreases your blood pressure, improves your immune system and can increase your confidence and body image. It also lowers your risk of serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

How do you lose weight safely?

We’re all aware of some of the fad diets circulating the world of weight loss. Many of these make outlandish promises about helping you lose large amounts of weight incredibly quickly. Unfortunately, there is little evidence to suggest that these kinds of diets are effective, and in many cases they can actually put your health in danger.

Losing weight can be a long process, but it is all about making healthy lifestyle changes. Beginning and building on a programme of healthy eating and regular fitness can help you battle your obesity effectively. There is also medication available which can help you do this safely. Prescription weight loss medications like Xenical and Mysimba are proven to aid weight loss in an effective and healthy way. Taken correctly and supported by improvements to lifestyle they can help you to achieve continued, progressive weight loss.

Start the new year off right by establishing your weight loss resolutions now. Find safe and effective weight loss treatment right here at Express Pharmacy. Call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet live chat service.


Research Reveals That Lack of Exercise Puts One in Four People at Risk

Posted Monday 17 September 2018 10:29 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that more than a quarter of people globally are not getting enough physical exercise. This equates to around 1.4 billion people, a figure which has barely improved since 2001. What’s more, high income countries like the UK were among the least active.

The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, saw researchers look at data from 358 population-based surveys in 168 countries. They showed that in countries like the UK and the USA the number of inactive people has actually increased from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016. By contrast, low income countries’ results stayed stable at 16%.

Those classed as inactive engaged in less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise – or 75 minutes of intense exercise – per week.

Experts state that the reason wealthier countries are more prone to inactivity could be due to more sedentary jobs and hobbies, as well as car-centred travel. In lower income countries, people are more likely to have physical jobs and rely on walking for travel.

Women were also found to be less active than men in all of the world’s regions apart from East and South-East Asia. Researchers said this is likely to be due to a combination of factors, including extra childcare duties and cultural attitudes to women exercising. Co-author of the study, Dr Fiona Bull, commented on this aspect of the study’s results, saying:

“Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

Previously, WHO had been aiming for a global goal of reducing inactivity by 10% by 2025. In light of these figures however, they now say that this target will not be met.

Lead author of the study, Dr Regina Guthold, discussed the consequences of the findings in more detail, saying:

“Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Guthold continued: “Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

How much exercise should you be getting?

The recommended amount of exercising you should be getting changes depending on what age group you fall into. Below you’ll find some recommendations based on data from Public Health England.

For children aged 5-18: 60 minutes of physical activity.

For adults aged 19-64: 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

For adults aged 65 and over: 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, as well as strength exercises two days a week.

Activities that can count as moderate aerobic activity include fast walking, bike riding, hiking, water aerobics and sports such as basketball, volleyball and tennis. Vigorous activity may consist of running, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts or sports like football and rugby. Muscle strengthening exercises include weightlifting, push ups, sit ups, yoga and activities such as gardening.

Making time for physical activity is absolutely vital to our overall health. Inactivity increases your risk of a large number of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. These risks are increased further if you are overweight.

If weight loss could improve your health and fitness, you’ll find safe and effective weight loss medication right here at Express Pharmacy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Just call 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet Live Chat service.

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What Are the Early Signs of Heart Disease in Men?

Posted Monday 15 January 2018 16:24 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

New research shines a light on the possible warning signs of cardiovascular disease in men

Heart disease is a leading cause of death across the globe. In the UK, around 70,000 people die from coronary heart disease (CHD) every year, which equates to an average of 190 people each day or one death every eight minutes.

And CHD is a bigger killer in men than it is in women. On average, one in seven men in the UK dies from CHD, compared to one in eleven women.

Now recent research has been carried out to try and help men spot the early warning signs of CHD before it’s too late. The research, undertaken by Baptist Health in South Florida, is said to be particularly important for younger men who are less likely to be assessed for heart disease.

The study found that erectile dysfunction could be a sign of CHD

The researchers involved carried out a review of 26 previous studies which explored the potential link between CHD and erectile dysfunction. Their results suggested that impaired blood flow may be the reason behind the link.

The research identified a strong connection between erectile dysfunction and reduced endothelial function. This refers to blood vessels being unable to fully dilate, and therefore being unable to allow blood to flow effectively.

Endothelial dysfunction is an early sign of atherosclerosis, which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke. What’s more, the research found that erectile dysfunction was also linked with an increase in carotid intimal medial thickness (CIMT). This is when there is plaque build up in the walls of the arteries supplying blood to the head.

Researchers stated that “these relationships remained consistent within age, study quality, methods of assessing ED, and publication year subgroups.”

Although over 60% of men over 60 suffer with erectile concerns, researchers noted that this link between erectile dysfunction and CHD will be particularly important for younger men, as they are less likely to undergo regular health checks and the onset of impotence may be an important indicator.

Earlier research also discovered the link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease

Research undertaken earlier in 2017 also found that men who are at risk of heart disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. Results from researchers at Northwestern University found that all men who are at high risk of heart disease experienced erectile dysfunction, compared to just 15% of men who are at low risk of heart disease.

The author of the study, Dr Abbie Lane-Cordova, said: “We knew that erectile dysfunction was considered an early indicator of vascular disease that might occur before heart disease was diagnosed by a doctor.

“The study showed that men who were less likely to have risk factors for heart disease and had healthier behaviours (non-smoking, physically active, healthier diet) were also less likely to have erectile dysfunction later in life.

“Men may avoid erectile dysfunction the same way they may avoid heart disease.”

Those suffering from erectile dysfunction should consult a health professional, not least because Express Pharmacy can offer effective, discreet medication to tackle the issue, but also because raising awareness of your ED greatly increases the chances of identifying any potential heart problems earlier.

Weight is another CHD factor among men

Recent research found that slim people can also find themselves at risk of CHD, as half of the non-smoking middle aged people of normal weight who were tested were found to have diabetes or clogged arteries.

This is largely due to the fact that people who aren’t overweight are often less aware of how much saturated fat they are consuming, leading to high levels of LDL cholesterol.

However, being overweight remains a significant factor in increasing your risk of CHD. The researchers from Northwestern University identified seven key risk factors for heart disease. These are: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, elevated cholesterol, insufficient physical activity, smoking, poor diet and being overweight or obese.

You can get effective and safe weight loss medication from Express Pharmacy, including Xenical and Mysimba.

For further advice, information and medication to help you get healthier in 2018, contact the team at Express Pharmacy today. Simply call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet Live Chat service.

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Are You Ready for National Obesity Awareness Week 2018

Posted Thursday 04 January 2018 15:52 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

As the new year gets underway, there’s never been a better time to make a sustainable improvement to your diet

This January, from the 8th to the 14th, UK adults are encouraged to tackle obesity head on and improve their overall health for good. That’s because it’s National Obesity Awareness Week 2018.

Whether it’s by cooking healthier meals, avoiding snacking throughout the day, or making the effort to be a little more physically active, this is your chance to get healthy and stay healthy. If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight and get healthy, this is the perfect opportunity to really get started.

Why is National Obesity Awareness Week so important?

Simply put, obesity awareness is important because obesity and weight problems are a growing problem in the UK. Britain is the most obese country in Europe, and rates have been steadily climbing for several years. In 2014, 62% of UK adults were classed as obese, compared to 53% 20 years earlier.

Nowadays, more than two thirds of men and almost 6 in 10 women are overweight or obese in the UK. Raising awareness of the dangers of weight issues can help us as a society to get to grips with this epidemic and begin to reverse the trend.

A large part of this is understanding the difference between short term weight loss solutions and long term lifestyle changes. Extreme diets may offer weight loss benefits in the short term, but making permanent changes to your lifestyle through diet and physical activity are the only way to ensure the long term health benefits associated with weight loss. Part of this comes from better understanding the food we eat and how the body handles them.

Take a second glance at your food shop this National Obesity Awareness Week

We all know about the negative effects of excessive consumption when it comes to food items like sugars. But when it comes to our weekly food shop most of us aren’t fully aware of the contents of regular food items like cereals and so-called “diet” options. For example, yoghurt is often marketed as a health food, and in cases of natural yoghurt products can be extremely good for you. However, some yoghurt brands, including ones aimed at children and “low-fat” options often contain large amounts of added sugar.

Cereal bars are often marketed as a healthy alternative to chocolates and sweets. And while there may be more nutritional value to these items it is important that you read the ingredients carefully and are not simply drawn in by fancy packaging. Many cereal bars contain corn syrup, sugar cane fibre and fructose among others, transforming your seemingly healthy snack into a particularly unhealthy option.

Examples such as these reflect the importance of obesity awareness, as it’s vital that we understand the ingredients in the foods we’re consuming so we know what to look out for, and what to avoid. That’s why taking part in National Obesity Awareness Week can not only benefit your own health, but increase awareness for others too.

Understanding how to choose the very best items for your shopping basket is a good start to developing a healthier diet. It is important to prepare your own food and drinks where possible to ensure you know precisely what you are ingesting each time you sit down to a meal.

If you are looking to make changes to your lifestyle that you can maintain for longer than 6 weeks, consulting your GP or pharmacist is a great starting point. For those who are struggling to achieve changes in their weight through diet and exercise, Express Pharmacy offers two proven medications, Xenical and Mysimba, which can help individuals to improve their health in conjunction with other lifestyle changes.

Contact the team at Express Pharmacy today by calling 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet live chat service.

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What Is the Difference Between Xenical and Mysimba?

Posted Thursday 28 December 2017 18:03 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

Obesity levels are on the rise in the UK. One in four UK adults is obese, and obesity also affects one in every five children aged ten to eleven. This is largely due to a significant decrease in physical activity, poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle characterised by long commutes by car and long hours spent working at a desk. And with more UK adults suffering from obesity, it also means more of us are at risk of serious health conditions like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

So what can be done to shift this dangerous excess weight?

Many people find the solution in tried and tested weight loss medication. Xenical and Mysimba are both effective weight loss treatments available from Express Pharmacy. Xenical has been on the market for some time. The medication uses the active ingredient orlistat to reduce the amount of fat absorbed during digestion.

Mysimba is a innovate treatment which is still relatively new to the market and is designed to reduce hunger cravings and appetite.

Let’s break these two weight loss medications down further to better understand how they work, and which one is right for you. It is important to note that weight loss pills should not be treated as a magic solution to weight management and guidelines on the pack should always be followed in conjunction with advice from a recognised healthcare provider.

Xenical

How it works

Xenical helps you lose weight more easily by reducing the amount of fat your body absorbs. The weight loss medication works within your digestive system to block some of the fat in the food you eat from being digested. By using Xenical, up to a third of the fat in the food you eat can avoid digestion.

Xenical attaches itself to the enzymes in your digestive system and blocks them breaking down fat you consume. This undigested fat is then eliminated from your body as it can’t be absorbed. Through this process, Xenical acts as an effective weight loss treatment when taken alongside a healthy, calorie-reduced diet.

How to take it

Xenical comes in the form of a 120mg capsule, which should be taken three times daily with liquid. Xenical should be taken alongside a meal or up to one hour afterwards.

Are there any Xenical side effects to be aware of?

As with all prescription medication it is important to be aware that it is possible to experience some mild side effects when taking Xenical. This can include changes to bowel function caused by the presence of unabsorbed fat in the intestines. In some cases this can present itself in the form of:

- Fatty or oily stools

- Oily spotting

- Intestinal gas with discharge

- Increased bowel movements

- Poor bowel control

Should any of these symptoms persist or get worse over time, it is important to consult a doctor promptly. In few rare cases it is possible to experience more serious side effects to Xenical in the form of an allergic reaction. If taking Xenical results in a rash, itching, dizziness, breathing problems or swelling to the face/throat/tongue, it is important to contact a doctor immediately[i].

Mysimba

How it works

Unlike Xenical, Mysimba works in your brain rather than in your digestive system. This helps to speed along weight loss which is often inhibited by extreme hunger, stress eating and trouble managing portion sizes. Mysimba can help adults over 18 with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 lose 5 per cent of the total body weight in 16 weeks.

Mysimba contains two active ingredients: naltroxene and bulpropion. Although these medicines have been used before, Mysimba marks the first time they have been combined, creating a unique and effective weight loss medication. This combination works by acting on parts of the brain which control food intake and energy balance, helping to reduce cravings and appetite by controlling the pleasure associated with eating food.

Mysimba can also help lower levels of LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol.

How to take it

Like Xenical, Mysimba should be taken alongside a healthy, calorie-reduced diet, and should only be used by individuals over the age of 18 suffering with obesity.

The regular dosage of Mysimba differs over the first few weeks. For week one, take one tablet daily in the morning. In the second week, take two tablets daily, one in the morning and one in the evening. In the third week, take two tablets in the morning and one in the evening. In the fourth week, take two tablets in the morning and two again at night. If you accidentally fail to maintain the appropriate Mysimba dosage consult your healthcare provider.

Never take diet pills in place of a healthy, balanced lifestyle

There are many ways to approach weight loss for those who are obese or simply feel that they need to tackle excess fat. The important thing for people to understand is that there is no shame or embarrassment in seeking advice and support. Alongside prescription medication, there are also other options available such as surgery - in the form of liposuction and gastric band surgery. However, before you seek any form of medical treatment for weight issues it is important to understand that long-term weight loss or weight management requires a healthy and balanced approach to diet and lifestyle in the future. While Xenical, MySimba and even gastric bands have been proven to aid in weight loss, nothing guarantees permanent success.

SImply put, short-term improvements should always be supported by efforts to increase exercise levels and develop healthier eating habits.

Looking for effective weight loss medication? Contact the team at Express Pharmacy on 0208 123 07 03 to discuss your requirements and learn more about the treatment that may be right for you.


[i] https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-17218/xenical-oral/details