We’ve talked a lot in the Park Medical Group blog about the benefits of a Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet, especially concerning managing diabetes.
If you have adopted a Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet it can be difficult to know where to start. If you are interested in the benefits of this diet to manage diabetes, or you want to adopt this diet for your children, you should speak to your GP first.
It’s easy to dismiss a few extra kilograms as ‘nothing to worry about.’
However, a little extra weight can easily turn into a health risk if left unchecked, and you may start to notice symptoms that can affect your daily life.
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, the state of a person’s mental health can be linked with weight gain and weight loss. Weight issues may be the cause of a person’s anxiety or depression, and it may also be a symptom.
“Sometimes, people feel down or anxious about their weight. They may feel guilty for not being healthy and energetic. They may blame themselves for not being fit and active. As well, if a person has depression or anxiety their appetite, energy levels, self-esteem and weight can all be affected.”
– Department of Health
Are you in a healthy weight range?
Taking care of our health is something we should all be concerned with on a daily basis. Our weight is a major contributing factor to our overall wellbeing, and if you are overweight or obese, you are putting yourself at risk for a range of physical and mental health problems, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, sleep problems, depression, and more.
According to the Department of Health initiative Healthy WA, ‘the main cause of overweight and obesity is energy imbalance. Over time, if people eat and drink more than the body needs and uses in day-to-day activities, this extra energy will be stored as fat.’