The N.I.C.E (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) is an independent body that provides guidance in relation to healthy living, hoping to prevent the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle. They also help out in terms of treatment for conditions that might arise.
Advice for obesity surgery.
Their advice mirrors what has been outlined in the various sections of this site, with particular reference to the proposal of maintaining an ‘energy balance’ in which energy intake is not exceeded by that which is expelled by physical activity carried out throughout the day.
It is therefore the advice of NICE that people should make gradual improvements to their everyday lifestyle and then sustain these improvements indefinitely (some people revert back to their old ways once they have lost the weight, which only means that they will put it back on).
By doing so, those people will be better suited to avoid the likes of coronary heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.
Getting help with your weight loss.
The NICE guidelines also make reference to weight loss programmes, which are popular ways in which people might choose to try and lose weight. These might include the likes of self help groups, websites and slimming books.
NICE will only recommend such programmes if they encourage and are based on a balanced and healthy diet as well as promoting physical exercise regularly and do not expect people to lose anything more than 0.5-1kg or 1-2Ib a week.
It points out that if these stipulations are not met then the results are unlikely to be successful. It also refers to certain conditions that will require you to check with your doctor if undergoing the weight loss programme would be a good idea.
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Importance of looking at your diet.
In terms of diet, their advice is a balanced diet consisting of: starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes), fibre-rich food types (beans, peas, lentils) and fruit and vegetables (five different portions a day is the recommendation).
You should try to avoid fatty foods, reducing your intake of fried foods to as small amount as possible.
On top of this it advises that you eat breakfast and be on the look out for how many calories you take in from alcohol.
This advice should of course be taken in conjunction with an increase in physical activity such as walking to the shops, cycling or other enjoyable physical exercises.
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