If you smoke, stopping smoking is often the single most effective thing that you can do to reduce your risk of future illness. Smoking causes lung cancer and other cancers, and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. The benefit to health occurs rapidly as soon as you stop smoking (but takes a few years before the increased risk reduces completely). If you find it hard to stop smoking, then seek professional advise for help.
Watch your Weight
You don’t need to get to a perfect weight. If you are overweight you can gain great health benefits by losing 5-10% of your weight. This is often about 5-10 kg. (10 kg is about one and a half stone.) The way to lose weight is usually a combination of eating less and exercising more. There are many different weight loss plans to choose from: you are more likely to lose weight successfully if you follow a plan that suits your lifestyle. Changing to a healthier eating pattern which you can maintain once you are happy with your weight is a good way to keep the weight off.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
Keep an eye on the amount of alcohol you drink. Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, no more than four units in any one day and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, no more than three units in any one day and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Pregnant women should not drink at all. One unit is in about half a pint of normal-strength beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits. Most bottles and cans have the number of units of alcohol printed on the label.
Do some regular physical activity
Recent research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle is very bad for your health. Even small amounts of activity, such as moving around doing light tasks, probably have benefits to health compared with being completely inactive. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of exercise are seen in those who change from an inactive lifestyle to a slightly active lifestyle. So doing even a little bit is worthwhile. However, it is thought that the more vigorous the activity, the better. Physical activity that gets you mildly out of breath and a little sweaty is fine – for example, jogging, heavy gardening, swimming, cycling, etc. Taking a brisk walk each day is something that many people do. To gain most benefit, you should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Two shorter bursts are thought to be just as good – for example, two 15-minute bouts of activity at different times in a day.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills invites you to explore our Weight-loss program options. If you would like to investigate more about them, or want more information regarding our treatments, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Our style of consultation is relaxed and educational. Our goal is to address your concerns in the order of your priorities and give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This will help you choose the right plan to achieve the result you desire within the budget you have to invest.
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