More than 160,000 people die from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK each year. About 80% of these deaths are preventable. That’s 128,000 unnecessary deaths every year.
Cancer kills 450 people in the UK every day. Nearly 40% of cancer cases are preventable. That’s 180 needless deaths every day. 65,000 every year.
Over 7 million people live with chronic heart and circulation problems. Applying the same logic, about 6 million people needn’t be suffering in this way.
These numbers frighten me. And they make me angry.
I’m angry because people could live longer and healthier lives if they cared for themselves more. Amid all the tumult about COVID-19, we seem to be forgetting the tragic cost of these preventable diseases.
I could have been a health statistic. Between 2008 and 2013 my weight ballooned to a massive 140 kg (22 stone). I was always ill and had appendicitis and shingles in quick succession. I suffered from chronic chest infections. I felt terrible. I was ashamed and depressed. I was on a slippery slope to serious chronic illness and, perhaps, a premature death.
I smoked too, which made things worse.
In 2013 I chose to reclaim my health. First I gave up smoking. It took me less than a week with no nicotine patches or gum.
Then I started to change my eating habits and lose weight. It took me about three years. I lost nearly 60 Kg (10 stone) and I’ve never looked back. My life improved beyond all recognition.
Here are the ten tips for weight loss I created as a result of my experience. Download them, they’re free.
Reclaim your health
Eat healthy food, reduce your weight and stay active. You’ll increase your chances of staying healthy and having a better quality of life. You will improve your energy levels and mental health.
Healthy eating will support your immune system and improve your ability to prevent, fight-off and recover from infections. It can even help delay the natural gradual deterioration of your immune system as you get older.
My recipe book has dozens of great-tasting meals for breakfast, lunch and supper that you can use to lose weight and feel better about yourself. Download it here. It won’t cost you a penny.
Mobility and strength
Purposefully moving your body while maintaining a good diet will improve your cardiovascular fitness and strength. ‘Toning up’ happens when you combine simple, powerful movements with a good diet. You don’t have to go to a gym – bodyweight training will give you remarkable results. Being supple will help you get rid of lots of aches and pains, particularly in your back and hips. The endorphins that exercise releases make you feel happier too.
Follow the exercises in my mobility book. They will improve your flexibility and strength and reduce those irritating aches and pains that may afflict you. You can download it here for free.
I coach clients to lose weight, eat well and get fitter. When they follow my coaching plans they lose 3 to 10 kg, sometimes more. The results come from a very simple approach to diet and exercise. No calorie counting, no restrictive energy-sapping plans. Just a good dose of common sense.
Ultimately, your health is in your hands. Do something about it. Start today.
Stay strong and keep moving
PS. If you haven’t done so already head over to The Ultimate Health Guide and download the mobility book, the recipe book and 10 Steps to Permanent Weight Loss. They’re yours, absolutely free.