Why should a heart disease diet or a weight management programme be a prescription?

This question is best answered if you consider what happens when you are ill. Normally you arrange a consultation with a specialist or your Doctor, and he or she will prescribe certain drugs and/or treatments. Having taken that advice, you get your prescription filled and take the required medication in the right dose, at the right time of day, for the specified length of time. Your Doctor will also tell you to take that prescription and to finish the course of medication even if you start to feel better beforehand.

To get the results you want, you have to take the required steps in the right dose for the prescribed length of time. If you do not finish the course, or miss a dose you will not get the results you are after.

A heart disease diet should be an individual prescription and appropriate for you and only you. We are all very different, in age, weight, gender as well as having a wide variety of lifestyles, health issues, fitness levels, and previous experiences of trying to lose weight, all of which will alter the prescription.
Research now shows that just a 10 percent reduction in your body weight can reduce your health risks and improve any current medical conditions considerably.

The great news is that adults who are of “normal” weight and are physically active have a 20 – 30 percent reduced risk of premature death and up to 50 percent reduced risk of developing the major chronic diseases.

It is very easy today when looking at slimming and diets that are on the market to be taken in with the hype that we read and see around us. Don’t be tempted by the increasing number of “quick fix” options that are currently flooding the market.

Many of these quick fixes offer quick and totally unrealistic weight loss promises. Losing weight will never be quick, our bodies are designed to defend our weight.

It is easy to over complicate things; ultimately it comes down to the simple equation of energy balance. Energy intake versus energy output.

Energy intake is what we put into our body in the form of food and drink. Energy output comes from calories burned by our metabolism and our activity. When these two are in balance, our weight remains stable.

When we consume more calories than we burn, or use, we gain weight; and when we take in less calories than we use, we lose weight.

Everyone has different lifestyles, appetites, family experiences, food preferences, activity levels, types of stress, relationship with food, health problems and levels of knowledge about food.

Life events such as having a baby, a new job, retiring, emotional upsets or illness will also have a major impact.

The reality is that it only takes a tiny imbalance to make a huge difference. Eating just one extra chocolate biscuit, say one hundred calories each day, could lead to a weight gain of five kilograms, that is just over ten pounds in a year.

A heart disease diet plays an import part in your recovery, which once you see and feel the benefits will also affect how you feel in yourself.

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