Healthy Living

To attempt to be fitter, slimmer and generally feel healthier, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise and reducing risks to health through “bad habits”. Important issues to consider are to be found below.

Balanced Diet

  • Recommended measures to take are
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Include 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables into your diet.
  • Keep a check on salt levels in prepared foods as well as reducing salt added to dishes. The recommended level not to exceed is only 6g per day.
  • Try to eat more fish and reduce red meat and processed meats.
  • Try to have a start point for meals using potatoes, bread or cereals/Vegetables.
  • Try to eat evenly through the day and not to skip meals.
  • Reduce the amounts of saturated fats and high cholesterol foods in the diet.
  • Exercise regularly.

Extra advise on diets that may benefit healthy living can be found at

Managing your weight

The impact of diet and exercise on an individuals weight is a straightforward formula. Calories taken in from foods are used up during exercise and to maintain the body. Any not used are stored as fat and therefore lead to increase body weight.

Therefore it is important to balance the intake from the diet and the usage through exercise. An individual with a sedentary lifestyle with low levels of exercise is more likely to add weight from an unbalanced diet. Conversely, an individual who matches a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet will be more likely to maintain weight. An individual who uses more calories than taken in will be likely to lose weight.

Weight management is generally accepted to be easier when small steps are taken rather than dramatic changes. “Crash” diets can have a significant initial effect but are often found to be difficult to maintain. A gradual increase in exercise along with a managed change to the diet will generally produce more effective longer term weight management.

Adherence to a healthy diet along the lines of the earlier recommendations will give a good start. To accompany this, a gradual increase in exercise on a regular basis will help further. A walk to the shop rather than taking the car, short sessions at a gym or an evening walk with friends or the dog, all will contribute to using up calories.

Information on balancing your individual situation can be given by your GP or help can be obtained from

Alcohol intake

As with many things in life, moderation in all things is good advice.

Recent recommendations are to maintain levels of alcohol intake of 14-21 units per week for women and men respectively. It is also recommended to have 2 or 3 days “off alcohol” each week. It is well known that high levels of alcohol intake can have many detrimental effects on the body.


Stopping or not starting smoking will reduce risks of Heart disease, stroke, increased blood pressure as well as breathing and lung disorders.

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