It’s cheesy but there isn’t a better time to get your weight under control than the New Year. The overindulgence of Christmas has finished, and those blissful months of sunshine and summer are head of us.
We know being a healthy weight can be a challenge, but the benefits are huge. Benefits in terms of staying well, feeling better about yourself, having more energy, and being able to do all those little things that gradually get taken away by an expanding waistline.
If you are overweight at the moment, there are lots of other benefits of losing weight that might help to get you motivated.
To find out if you’re a healthy weight for your height, work out your body mass index (BMI).
You can easily check your BMI by using this BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy.
The BMI calculator can also be used to check if your child is a healthy weight.
How to lose weight
You’ve probably heard the basic formula for managing weight before. It’s about balancing the energy (kilojoules/calories) you consume through food and drinks, with the energy that you burn off through keeping your body alive and physically active.
To lose weight, consume less energy than you burn off. The main ways to do this are:
- Choose healthier foods
- Eat a bit less of most things (except non-starchy vegetables and fruit)
- Move more
The Melon Programme is a 16 week programme for patients with a desire to improve their health and lose weight. The programme was created for patients with a BMI 30 and above OR HbA1c 40 and above OR CVR above 15%.
How does it work?
Once a patient is invited and activated to the 16 week programme they will have access to coaches and an online community where they will be able to talk to people with similar health issues also on a journey for better health and wellbeing as well as access to coaches for advice and information.
Patients are provided with digital scales and a measuring tape upon activation and can input measurement data onto their profile to track their progress. Coaches will work with patients to establish some health goals and help patients reach those goals through regular interaction.
The programme offers patients a convenient way to communicate, track health goals, gives patients access to coaches and provides a platform to participate in conversation with peers in similar health situations.
Silverstream Health Centre are part of a DHB funded Pilot for this programme, which allows out patients to access the programme free of charge until the end of 2018 (usual cost is $120 per patient). More information here.