Weight Loss: are you made of sturdier stuff?

Marion Foreman

A 3% weight loss target? You can do better with the help of a personal trainer!

Marion ForemanThis week The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) wants overweight people to lose 3% of their weight over a year and avoid ‘yo-yo’ dieting.

Now, I’m all for a bit of weight loss – but we are made of sturdier stuff ladies!  If you are obese (that is your BMI is 30 or over) – you need to shift some weight – it’s bad for your health! If losing 3% means that you are no longer obese (or overweight) – great – but as Prof Kelly from the Faculty of Public Health says, stronger more effective policy interventions are also needed.

The recommendation is for GPs to be able to recommend and fund places in slimming clubs and to encourage exercise.

It’s what we, as Personal Trainers do all day everyday. We can give advice on healthy eating, ways to move more and how to set effective goals. Most importantly – we can help you to hold yourself to account for keeping to the tasks you set yourself.

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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.