Heart disease is the number two cause of premature death in the UK (second only to cancer). Worried you could be at risk? You can make some simple lifestyle tweaks to help take care of your heart health, and as a WW Member the good news is you’re probably doing them already! Quitting smoking, moderating alcohol consumption and minimising stress are all positive steps in the right direction, but diet is also incredibly important. Try to eat a nutrient-rich diet focusing on plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, while limiting your intake of sweets, sugary drinks and red meat. Exercising regularly will also help improve your heart health, and if you’re a fitness newbie, the British Heart Foundation’s 10 Minutes to Change Your Life challenge is a great way to start.
Type 2 Diabetes
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, following a holistic weight-loss plan like WW, could help reduce your reliance on medication. And even if you don’t have diabetes but are overweight, learning about portion sizes and healthy food choices could help reduce your risk of developing the disease later in life. Aim to exercise regularly (the NHS recommends doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two strength-training sessions), but if that seems too unrealistic right now, remember that any increase in activity is a positive thing. Healthy eating is arguably the most important factor when reducing risk of or living with type 2 diabetes, so making an effort to increase your fibre intake and reduce how much sugar and unhealthy fats you consume is a great place to start.
Studies have shown a link between diabetes, high BMI and certain cancers, suggesting that overweight women are at higher risk of developing breast and endometrial cancers, while overweight men are at higher risk of liver and colorectal cancers. Therefore a healthy diet and weight-loss plan is a great way to reduce your risk of certain cancers. If you’re already eating well, exercising regularly and working your way towards goal, then you’re on the right track!