IDEA CLINICS OBESITY SERVICE – EXERCISE
Reducing the amount of calories in your diet will help you lose weight, but maintaining a healthy weight requires physical activity to burn energy. Physical activity also has wider health benefits and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%.
We recommend that adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes moderate-intensity activity a week – for example, 5 sessions of 30-minute exercise a week. Moderate-intensity activity is any activity that increases your heart and breathing rate, such as brisk walking, cycling ,recreational swimming or dancing or working out at Gym
Vigorous exercise or activity is when breathing is very hard, your heart beats rapidly and you may be unable to hold a conversation. running, most competitive sports. You should also do strength exercises which could be in the form of a gym workout, carrying shopping bags
It’s also important to find activities you enjoy and want to keep doing. Activities with a social element or exercising with friends or family can help keep you motivated.
To prevent obesity, 45-60 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a day is recommended. To avoid regaining weight after being obese, you may need to do 60-90 minutes of activity each day. Our physiotherapists will be able to advise you further about the type of exercise you should do and for how long taking into account your current fitness level and individual circumstances.
IDEA CLINICS OBESITY SERVICE – PSYCHOLOGY
Psychological therapy can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s also useful to treat any underlying anxiety and depression and help address weight issues.
Psychology behind weight gain can sometimes involve eating too much when you regularly lose control of your eating, eat large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty. Psychological therapy looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
It will usually be one-to-one individual sessions with a therapist. You should be offered about 12 weekly sessions over 3 months, each one lasting about 30 minutes. Monitor what you are eating and try to change patterns in your behaviour.
Make realistic meal plans – planning what and when you intend to eat throughout the day can help you regulate your eating, prevent hunger and reduce binge eating. Learn about your triggers – this can help you to recognise the signs, intervene and prevent a binge.
Sometimes antidepressants may be offered to help manage other conditions, such as anxiety or depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)