Being overweight: how it affects you and your health

If you are overweight or obese - around 1 in 4 adults - you could be at risk of serious health problems. Get help and support losing weight, to improve your physical and mental health.

The effects of being overweight

An unhealthy weight can have many different effects on your body. You’re putting extra strain on your bones and joints and forcing your heart and lungs to work harder. You might also have difficulty breathing, and could even be suffering from depression. And if you’re obese, you’re more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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How do I lose weight?

If you’re worried about your health now, or how being overweight could affect you in the future, there are many ways to lose weight. This includes healthy dieting, regular exercise, and burning more calories than you eat. There’s no quick or easy fix, but there is lots of help and support in Salford for you.

    Increase your exercise & activity

    Your diet is not the only area to focus on if you want to lose weight. If you don’t do much physical exercise, then getting active can have a really positive impact on your health and your weight. You’ll soon be burning calories and shedding pounds.

    Even if you just walk around the park or take the stairs at work once a day, any kind of activity is better than nothing to help you get started.

      Keep a food diary

      Many of us don’t realise how much food we eat in a day, as we often pick up snacks without thinking about them. By keeping a food diary throughout the day, you’ll see exactly what you’re eating and when.

      You can then see which parts of your diet you should reduce or cut out, and what kind of food swaps you could make for healthier mealtimes.

        Do the 12 week weight loss plan

        Download the 12 week weight loss plan from the NHS, and you’ll have a tried and tested guide to help support your weight loss journey. It includes everything you need to lose weight safely, build good habits, and keep weight off.

        You’ll get help and guidance on a healthy diet and exercise, including meal tips and a planner to track your daily activity.

        Monitor your calorie intake

        Another way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories you eat each day. On average, men should have around 2500 calories a day, whilst women should aim for 2000. But to lose weight, you should safely reduce your intake by about 600 calories.

        Use a calorie counter to track how much you are eating each day. Reducing portion sizes and swapping snacks for healthier alternatives is a great place to start.

        Losing Weight Healthily

        When you’re focused on losing weight and start dieting, you may want to lose as much weight as you can, as quickly as possible. However, shedding pounds too quickly can be harmful to your health, making you feel tired, unwell or causing other medical problems.

        Focus on losing a little amount over a longer period. Crash diets can be dangerous, and are ineffective in the long term. Instead, build habits that will help you keep the weight off long-term.

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        Are you worried about someone else's overeating?

        If you’re concerned about the weight of a friend or family member, it can be very difficult to raise the issue and talk about your worries.

        Weight is a sensitive issue for all of us, but it’s important that you don’t let it affect someone else’s health or wellbeing. There’s plenty of advice and support to help you approach the subject with your loved one.

        Available help in your area

        There are many different opportunities for help and support losing weight in Salford, including community weight loss groups and specialist programmes. Explore the events below, or speak with local GP.

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