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Shifting yourself back into shape

Publish date: 08/04/2014

Shifting yourself back into shape

If our Shapeshifter tool has opened your eyes to the fact that you may be eating or drinking a bit too much and you now want to get back on track, we’ve got some straight-talking advice from GP Dr Sarah Jarvis on how to get back in shape.

So you want to change your lifestyle?

Well, the good news is that if you stay right here on the AXA PPP healthcare website you’ll find all the expert advice you need to stop your bad habits and take up some healthy new ones.

‘If the Shapeshifter has put you in a high risk category you’ve quite a long way to get your lifestyle into shape,’ says GP Dr Sarah Jarvis. But by taking one step at a time, you have a huge amount to gain.

Where to start

‘Don’t be tempted by crash diets – you may lose weight in the short term, but if you don’t address your overall eating habits you’re highly likely to regain the weight (and more) within months,’ says Dr Jarvis.

The health advice you’ll get from your GP or practice nurse will vary depending on your level of food and alcohol intake and your body mass index, but it makes senses to enlist their help and support. Sometimes joining a slimming club can be helpful and taking more exercise is definitely a good idea.

Curbing your alcohol calories

If you’re drinking too much alcohol (above recommended daily intake limits) you should see a health professional for advice about cutting back, introducing alcohol-free days if you’re a heavy consumer.

 Excessive alcohol is not only bad for your liver and can raise your risk of developing certain cancers, but is also a source of calories that you might have turned a blind eye to. If you want to get a handle on how many calories are in your pint of beer or glass of wine, check out our cutting back on alcohol article.

How we can help you lose weight

Losing weight isn’t easy and these days we are all deluged with lots of information and conflicting advice, so it helps to have practical advice from trusted experts on how to change your habits – and most importantly sustain them in the long term.

You won’t find any drastic diet tips here at AXA PPP healthcare because what is needed is a change to a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable and doesn’t leave you short of the nutrients your body needs.

What you will find here is detailed information from experts – including dietitians, psychologists and doctors – on the mechanics of losing weight, including how to spot a fad diet, cut down on sugar, change your mindset about food  and get back on track after overindulgence.

We know you’re busy and that’s why we’ve also tested phone apps to help you make healthy choices when you’re out and about, and reviewed the best ones in our Weight Loss  App-ortunity feature.

What’s more, if your life is too sedentary and you want to get more active but need some tips and ideas, then our boost your metabolism article can help get you off to a good start.

When to start

With all this information to hand why not start shifting in the right direction today and measure your success by revisiting the AXA PPP healthcare Shapeshifter. Be sure to let us know how you get on by tweeting us at @AXAPPPHealth.

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