Maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. This is because being overweight increases your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

Being a healthy weight has many health benefits and simple changes to what and how much you eat, combined with your level of physical activity can really help. Eating a balanced diet or aiming to lose weight can be challenging, but you don’t necessarily have to give up the things you love.

GLOJI

What is Gloji?

Gloji is a 12-week digital programme that offers a holistic approach to weight loss and includes support around food, activity, sleep, alcohol, and wellbeing. You will have access to the Gloji app which includes interactive video content, weekly articles, recipes, access to the virtual gym with live workouts and the option of 1:1 mentor support.

Referral

If you meet the eligibility criteria below you can self-refer by visiting the Gloji website and selecting South Gloucestershire under the sign-up tab or your GP can make a referral on your behalf.

To find out more or to sign-up to Gloji visit: www.gloji.co.uk

Eligibility

  • Aged 18 years or more
  • Has a BMI ≥ 30 (BMI ≥ 28 with co-morbidities or BMI ≥ 27.5 if Black-African, African-Caribbean, and Asian family origin)
  • A South Gloucestershire resident or registered with a South Gloucestershire GP
  • Not pregnant.
  • Clinically stable
  • Does not have a history of or an ongoing eating disorder
  • Confident using digital devices and self-motivated

MAN V FAT Challenge

What is MAN V FAT?

MAN V FAT is a 14-week home-based programme that supports men lose weight and form healthy habits through team-based exercise and nutrition challenges. This includes group support via live sessions delivered by your coach and access to online community groups, as well as use of the virtual gym.

Referral

If you meet the eligibility criteria below you can self-refer by visiting the MAN V FAT website or your GP can make a referral on your behalf.

To find out more or to sign up to MAN V FAT visit: manvfat.com/south-gloucestershire/  and enter the promo code SOUTHGLOS to activate your free place.

Eligibility

  • Aged 18 years or more
  • Male
  • Has a BMI ≥ 25
  • A South Gloucestershire resident or registered with a South Gloucestershire GP
  • Is Clinically stable
  • Does not have a history of or an ongoing eating disorder

Body Mass Index and Calorie Intake

In South Gloucestershire an estimated 63% of the adult population are overweight or obese.  You may have heard the term ‘BMI’ (or Body Mass Index) which is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. A brief explanation of BMI weight ranges is below:

  • under 18.5 – you’re in the underweight range
  • between 18.5 and 24.9 – you’re in the healthy weight range
  • between 25 and 29.9 – you’re in the overweight range
  • between 30 and 39.9 – you’re in the obese range

For most adults an ideal BMI is in the 18.5 – 24.9 range.

To help us achieve or maintain a healthy BMI we may need to change the amount of food we eat because as we get older our energy requirements reduce. This is due to changes in the way our body is made up which means we burn energy slower. We may also become less active or mobile

A few extra calories each day add up and can lead to gradual weight gain over time.

To check your BMI and to find out your recommended daily calorie intake, use the BMI healthy weight calculator on the NHS website. If you are concerned about your weight and need some guidance or help to achieve a healthy weight, speak to your GP.

Healthy Weight Calculator

Kickstart your health

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Better Health has a range of tools and support to help – find what works for you. Let’s do this!

Go to the Better Health website

Diabetes

Around three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.

One You South Gloucestershire diabetes page

Useful resources and information