Lifestyle check


Many of us try to live life to the full. This may mean parties, socialising, drinking down the pub, good meals and late nights, if we're lucky! Yet should we stop to think about the harm and damage we may be doing to our bodies? And should we care?

Below we have highlighted some of the habits and lifestyle choices we often indulge in. Our aim is to take a close look at each and try to identify issues that may arise.

Eating habits - Over eating or dieting?
Generally women should eat 1500 - 2000 calories a day. This should break down into 50 - 60 % carbohydrates, 15 - 30 % fats and the rest in protein. And the best time to eat ... breakfast time. At this time our bodies can burn more calories and this approach sets up your body to burn lots of extra calories throughout the rest of the day.

Many women fail to follow these simple guidelines. And as a consequence, we are a nation of ballooning women.

It is hoped that you notice the guidelines above don't stress what we should and shouldn't eat. This is because if we follow the above hints and tips then the occasional treat or bad habit won't make much difference to our waist bands.

Women, in general, shouldn't drink as much booze as men. Yet looking into many pubs on a Friday night and you would never have guessed it!

Men can drink more alcohol without it having the dramatic effects that women suffer - killer hangovers and sudden weight gain - because of two main factors, their general size (or mass) and their muscle percentage (more muscle equals more calories burnt etc).

Too much alcohol a week for women (over 21 units per week) can increase blood pressure, cloud the mind and even cause some forms of cancer.

Smokers run the risk of heart disease 23 % higher than nonsmokers. Smoking only 1 - 14 cigarettes a day increases our chance of contracting lung cancer by 8 times!

Body MOT
1. Weight is a very important measure of health. If we are underweight or overweight, we run the risk of becoming susceptible to diseases which may not be such a concern to someone of an ideal weight e.g. Heart disease, osteoporosis, liver problems, cardiovascular complications etc.

2. Hair and nails. Thinning or loss of hair can be a symptom of stress, as can dry or dull hair. To correct this, aim to reduce stress (meditation, yoga etc) and eat a nutritious diet full of vitamins and minerals (A, B12 etc). Brittle nails may suggest a lack or iron and calcium in the diet. Because of the link with nails and calcium, your nails may also suggest future problems of brittle bone disease and osteoporosis.

Additional information

Health questionnaire - Am I ready for exercise?
Weight loss ideas
Check my ideal weight
How many calories do I need to lose weight effectively?



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All information on this website is for information only. offers no medical advice or information. Always consult your GP before undertaking any form of weight loss, fitness or exercise