FORGET about Hollywood diets and quick fixes for weight loss, Colac’s new dieticians say the key to achieving a healthy weight is setting achievable goals.
Colac Area Health’s Claire Dagley and Nikita Wasson are preparing for Australia’s Healthy Weight Week, which starts on Sunday.
“We want to encourage people to learn more about what a healthy weight means for them, because it’s not necessarily about being skinny,” Ms Wasson said.
“It’s about maintaining a healthy weight for your particular build,” she said.
“Our aim is to help people achieve their personal healthy weight through nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle, and that usually means setting small goals which over time make the difference,” she said.
Ms Dagley said dietitians helped people of different ages and health levels.
“Anyone can make an appointment with us, and we also see a lot of in-patients with medical conditions, as well as people referred to us by a range of allied health professionals,” Ms Dagley said.
“We help people come up with a plan to help them achieve their goal, because research has shown that the quicker you lose weight, the more likely you are to put it back on, so it’s important to do it in a co-ordinated way,” she said.
“At Colac Area Health there are a range of services available to help people maintain their healthy weight, and we all work together.”
She said dieticians also helped people gain weight.
“There are a lot of people I see, especially older people, who actually need to increase their weight in order to achieve a healthy weight,” Ms Dagley said.
“There’s often a misconception that as people get older they’re not using as much energy and therefore they shouldn’t be eating proper meals, which isn’t the case,” she said.
Colac Area Health will host a Healthy Eating for Healthy Ageing lunch for the organisation’s adult day activity group next week.
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Tips for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
(Dieticians Association of Australia)
* Eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day
* Eat breakfast
* Choose wholegrain breads and cereals regularly
* Choose reduced-fat dairy foods
* Choose lean meat
* Limit high kilojoules and high-fat food and drinks to once a week or less
* Eat smaller serves
* Drink more water