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Happy July everyone!

So we are in the 2,252nd day of lockdown (or so it feels!) but some restrictions are now lifting. I hope you all continue to stay safe in these strange times.


This month, I thought I would talk about something that maybe one or two of us has experienced whilst isolating/in lock-down; weight gain (cue dramatic music!)

I raise my hand and admit to having put on a bit of weight during lock-down (yes, even dietitians can slip into poor eating habits occasionally!) When I was working from home, I found it hard not to have extra snacks in the day as they were readily available in the kitchen that was just a 2 minute walking distance.


However, it is time to nip this in the bud and reinstate my healthy eating.

If, like me, you want to take control of your weight gain, you will find some useful tips and support networks for you here.



What is your BMI?

Top Tip: an ideal BMI is between 20 and 25kg/m2 although this may not be realistic for everyone . If you are not sure what your BMI is, click on this link to find out.

If you are overweight, losing 5-10% of your body weight can have positive effects on your health.


https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/


This NHS website will calculate your BMI (you will need your height and an up-to-date weight) and it also has some great information about BMI and advice on weight management.


Other handy resources:

http://www.weightconcern.com/sites/all/themes/weightcon/images/OriginalTTTLeaflet.pdf =- offers tips to help lose weight.

My Fitness Pal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/apps is a free app. You can record food and activity and it will calculate calorie intake and output. You can get this for your smart phone.

Carbs & Cals: http://www.carbsandcals.com this is both a website and app to help you with portion control. The app does have a cost though, at around £4.99.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/weight/100-calorie-snacks healthy snack ideas

Remember:

Ø If you are under the cardiology team at the Atrium, you can always ask for a referral to me. Once you are able to come back to the Atrium, you can see me in a clinic. At the moment, I can offer you individual dietetic telephone support and advice to help you with your dietary concerns (weight management or otherwise) … we are in this together 

Ø If you are concerned you are losing weight without trying or have a poor appetite, call our team to see if you can get an assessment with me.

Ø Make sure you follow any exercise recommendations from our Exercise Physiologists.

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