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The latest review of our nation's health has found that two out of three Australian adults are now overweight or, much worse, obese. From the Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Survey released late last month, it has become apparent that we are giving up smoking more and drinking less however the issue remains as to how much we eat. Over the last four years the number of overweight Australians rose by 2 million—almost 10% of our total population.

With figures such as this it comes as no surprise that weight loss is big business in Australia but do weight loss and dieting companies really have their clients long-term interests at heart? Or are they more focused on providing a quick fix to keep the companies profits rolling in?

There appears to be confusion on what exactly people should be doing to overcome their weight issues.

Not a week goes by without a new celebrity endorsed diet for us to try, more often then not contradicting what a previous one recommended. Prescribed dieting techniques that may work for some are not guaranteed to produce results for others. Low carb, low calorie, low fat diets? It is very difficult to understand the difference between each? We also now know that losing weight doesn't necessary mean you are likely to become more healthy in the process. The list of mixed messages goes on.

So how can we sift through the fact from the fiction?

It's time to get back to the basics and take a simplified approach to becoming healthier as individuals and as a nation. The emphasis should be shifted from weight loss, and focused on changing lifestyle habits. Although shock diets may seem like the quickest path to reaching weight loss goals, people often find that they begin to pile the weight back on just as quickly as they lost it as many of their unhealthy lifestyle habits remain unchanged.

To avoid this constant weight fluctuation it is important to take a long term and measured approach. The benefits of regular exercise are well documented so gradually increasing the intensity and frequency of your fitness and exercise program is important. To compliment exercise, people are now finding a simple technique to help them achieve their health goals; reducing the portion size of meals.

UK celebrity chef Nigella Lawson (Host of a new Italian-inspired BBC cooking show Nigellissima) was well known for her 'curves' until recent interviews have shown her with a slimmer new look. What's her secret? Well it's no secret; just ask one of her 245,000 plus followers on twitter.

By posting photos of her own meals (along with other culinary tips) on twitter it became very clear that the key component of Nigella's gradual weight loss journey was to limit the portion sizes of her meals. Last year Nigella stated in an interview "I love food and I love cooking so therefore I never deprive myself", and the twitter photos are further proof of this. Included in the series of photos are meals consisting of steak and chips, fried eggs and pizza, however the noticeably smaller portion sizes are evidence of a realistic and achievable weight loss strategy. Along with the reduced portion size, Nigella credits her healthy new image to a disciplined yoga and pilates program.

Like Nigella, by taking the emphasis off purely weight loss and instead challenging yourself to implement healthy lifestyle and eating habits you are giving yourself a greater chance for success. Not only will you feel better physically and enjoy increased levels of energy, you will notice the benefits both mentally and spiritually also.

In summary, don't aim for a quick fix, set yourself small achievable goals to change your habits that will benefit you and your health long term.

Our range of Tanita Body Fat and Body Composition scales provide everyone and anyone wishing to pursue a healthy lifestyles, the tools that will assist in achieving their personal fitness goals.

The Tanita UM-051 Body Fat and Hydration monitor allows the ability to monitor your body and the effects of diet and fitness routines. The monitor helps measure weight, hydration and gives an accurate measurement of body fat percentage.  It also  has a healthy range indicator which tells you your suggested healthy range based on age group and gender. The UM 051 retails for $119.00 and comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

For more information on Tanita products please visit tanitaaustralia.com.au

Follow Nigella Lawson on twitter @Nigella_Lawson

Healthy Stats

Only 25% of Australians exercise daily

Compared with other daily rituals...

- 86% who watch TV

- 82% spend time on the internet/ computer/ tablet

- 38% use their mobile

- 61% socialising with friends/family

On average only 15% of the day is spent being active.

The average exercise time of Australian's is 45 mins

Over the last 50 years there has been a 30% increase in portion size of meals.

24% of Australians think the correct serving size of carbs is about a whole handful when in fact the correct size is the palm of your hand.

61% of Australians are overweight. Half of these people don't think they are overweight.

Did you know it can take...

- 2 hours to burn off a snickers bar

- 1 hour to burn off can of coke

- 2.5 hours for 2 glasses of wine

- 2 hours for a sausage roll

- 2 hours handful of peanuts

- an apple can be burnt off almost instantly

*Statistics Courtesy of Plate of Our Nation.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:29

Be Prepared For Healthy Eating On The Go

Stop those mid morning trips to the Cafe, here are some inexpensive ways to prepare for your day on the go. Make sure you have time for preparation, this won't take long and its a great way to ensure that your eating the right types of food instead of that danish you might be dreaming about.

1. Prepare your own seasonal fruit salad for the week and to stop the fruit from browning during the morning, squeeze a bit of lemon juice over your sliced fruit, it works a treat.

2. Have you tried making rice paper rolls to take to work? No need for a microwave, you can eat them on the go.

3. Ensure you always have a small snack on you - nuts, raisins or even shaved ham - never let yourself go hungry.

4. Swap white rice and pasta with quinoa, it tastes great with everything just a lot healthier.

5. Gain advice from a nutritionist to get an idea of portion sizes for your body, remember everyone is different so standard portion sizes may not necessarily work for you.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:27

Here's to Red Wine

The case for sipping red wine is mounting with a growing body of evidence linking moderate consumption with numerous health benefits including a reduced risk of lifestyle related heart disease.
As the leading cause of death in Australia claiming one life nearly every ten minutes, the suggestion that a daily dose of red will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has been welcomed by doctors, scientists and wine drinkers alike.
Since the early 1990's when it was first purported to be the mystery behind the 'French Paradox', red wine has basked in its reputed health benefits. Scientists at the time were perplexed by the relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease in France, despite a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol laden foods such as cheese, pork and butter. Scientific studies have since reported red wine as a possible explanation of the French Paradox, with strong evidence to suggest that regular but moderate consumption helps the French fare notably better on a number of health issues despite their love of foods we typically view as unhealthy.
Receiving a strong amount of attention from researchers today is Resveratrol, a naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes and ultimately in the skin of red grapes and ultimately in red wine. Resveratrol acts as a 'vascular pipe-cleaner' – protecting the lining of the heart's blood vessels, maintaining blood flow and keeping arteries free of 'fatty' deposits or atherosclerotic plaques known to cause heart attacks and stroke.
Other foods argued to contain Resveratrol include pomegranates, blueberries, cranberries and peanuts – although it is not yet known how beneficial eating these foods might be when compared to the moderate consumption of red wine.
While the case for sipping red wine is strong, the rules to reaping its potential health benefits are regularity and moderation. The important of a regular yet moderate consumption is almost impossible to over-emphasise, with the potential for overindulgence to become considerably more harmful to your health. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, the issues is 'not the use of a bad thing, but the abuse of a very good thing.
Australian Alcohol Guidelines advise us to drink no more than two standard drinks on any one day. One standard drink is 100 ml of red, white or sparkling wine (12% alc./vol).
The average restaurant serve of wine (150ml) is equivalent to 1.4 standard drinks while a standard bottle (750ml) equates to 7.5 standard drinks.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:29

Better Bone Health

Healthy bones ensure we live our lives comfortably without the interruption and limitations that come with a bone fracture. Yet, in Australia, someone is admitted to hospital with an injury caused by osteoporosis ever five to six minutes.

Osteoporosis is a condition where a person's bones lose important minerals such as calcium, faster than they can replace them. As a result they become brittle and more susceptible to fractures.

Bone loss is gradual and invisible - often there are very few systems, of any, prior to a fracture resulting in oestoporosis being dubbed the 'silent disease'. Osteoporosis typically begins at an early age and progressively deteriorates, which is why thousands of Australians are living with the condition but are unaware that they have it.

Any bone in the human body may be affected by osteoporosis, but the most common are the hip, wrist, ribs, pelvis and upper arm. Despite the thin and brittle nature of an oestoporotic bone, it will usually heal in the same way that a healthy bone would, but even so stiffness and reduced movement is common.

Osteoporotic fractures lead to changes in posture, muscle weakness, loss of height and bone deformity of the spine. These systems may then lead to shorinic pain, disability, loss of independence or even in some severe cases, death.

Once the bone has been lost, it cannot be replaced, however, the rate at which bone is lost may be slowed by calcium and vitamin supplements, or special medication given under the direction of doctors.

There is no real cure for osteoporosis but you may take measures in order to prevent the condition from arising or to minimise the severity of the symptoms. Through a combination of exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient sunlight, this may be achieved. weight-bearing exercises, such as jogging, skipping and ball sports, and weight resistance training are helpful to maintain strong bones. Obviously, exercise also improves a person's balance and coordination, which helps to prevent the falls that may cause a bone to break.

A diet rich in calcium and limited in alcohol and nicotine is also important in improving bone health. Foods such as yoghurt, milk and leafy dark green vegetables are all high in calcium and strong recommended to assist with osteoporosis prevention. Lastly, as Vitamin D is the other nutrient effective in reducing the symptoms of osteoporosis, daily exposure will help to provide the body with sufficient level of this nutrient.

Anyone may be susceptible to osteoporosis, which is why it is important to monitor your bone mass. Using BIA technology, Tanita allows users to achieve this by offering personal bone density readings which can then be compared to the healthy range to observe whether or not it is adequate for your weight.

For a better understanding of Tanita's leading BIA technology or to view the full Tanita range, visit tanitaaustralia.com.au
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