Concerns over NHS referrals to weight loss programmes

Food for weight loss

By Agnus Leun

Interesting story I just read about, Goverment using some private companies to make people loose weight, the heading went something like this

Concerns over NHS referrals to weight loss programmes”

The government should continue to refer people onto weight loss programmes, a new report suggests.

Figures from a Slimming World study over five years followed nearly 35,000 people on a 12-week course. [Source]

Some of the points raised in the above article really made me think about the situation we all are in. We loose weight and we gain it back. The article has stated several times that people who lose weight with quick fixes gain all that weight back inside two years.

Many gain more than they lost meaning that after 2 years of loosing weight and controlling their diet, they end up being much heavier than before. Why does it happen?

Well, for starters 90 percent of people start to eat more junk food after they get the impression that they are now thin enough. They think that now they are thin, they cannot get fat or it will take them years to get fat.

Whereas, you can get fat inside a month depending on how much you eat and of what food you eat.

The news article then goes on to say that people do need counselling in this matter and that there should be long term programs for people which would make them stick to their healthy diets for longer and as a result of that they would keep themselves fit for longer.

Have a look at the amount of spending the government is going inside UK to get people to loose weight.I liked this idea of “Pounds for Pounds” where people actually get paid to lose weight. Good motivation factor that is.

The reward which is in the range between 75 pounds and 425 pounds depending on the amount of weight you lose in a specified time period is a pretty heavy one.

I mean, that is there to loose in this deal. Goverment pays for your memberships, you get paid to lose weight and in the end you look great and probably would feel great too.

But not all people like this fact of someone else helping you for a while in order to plan your weight loss solutions so that you can loose weight.

They argue that preventive measures should be stressed on, rather on reactive measures (as in what to do to avoid getting fat instead of what to do if you get fat). I also like this idea.

I think it captures the true essence of losing weight. You loose weight primarily to make yourself feel good and to make your body healthy. Looking great is something of secondary nature.

I think because people have taken this to be as their primary objective, they found it difficult to stay slim. What is for sure is that people who only have the motivation of losing weight only to look good often drop out from their weight loss programs.

They abandon their weight loss solutions and hence end up nowhere. Even these organisations who help thousands of people to lose weight every year cannot really help them stay put to their weight loss solutions.

With the government referring people to lose weight, I think is a great step forward in making people at least go to these places and consider to lose weight instead of just sitting home and whining about how fat they are.


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