Why Weight

This week (21st June 2018), our guest speaker was Keith Pratt from Your Shape, Why Weight Milton Keynes, a free service for residents within Milton Keynes who are looking to take control of their weight and create achievable goals towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the points that Keith made:

Why do we gain weight?

This could be due to a variety of factors, such as genetics or biology, food production and consumption, societal influence, individual psychology, individual activity and activity environment.

What is diabetes?

Every cell in the body uses glucose for energy. It gets that energy from the food we eat, namely carbohydrates. All carbohydrates are broken down into glucose during digestion in the stomach. This glucose enters the blood stream where it is transported around the body but it needs to be able to move into the cells where it can be used as fuel.

Insulin is released in response to the rising blood glucose levels and acts as a chemical key that unlocks the cells and allows glucose to enter. In people with diabetes, blood glucose levels are abnormally raised because either no insulin is produced at all, such as in type 1 or what is produced is not as effective as it should be, the cells become insulin resistant, so more is needed, as in type 2.

Food is fuel – so why do we eat when we’re not hungry?

This could be due to boredom, depression, habit, it’s comforting, to be sociable, because it’s there and because we didn’t want to see it go to waste.

In order to lose weight, there has to be a calorie deficit but rigid restraint is an unrealistic goal. If you tell yourself you’re never going to have X, then chances are you will eventually cave. The idea is to work small, sustainable changes into your daily routine.

Excess calories get stored as fat, which in turn can cause insulin resistance. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise are the cornerstone and most effective treatments of combating insulin resistance. Weight loss can reduce the HbA1c (a marker of long term glucose levels) for people with diabetes. Increased activity can also reduce the HbA1c, increase muscle strength and increase insulin sensitivity.

What is Why Weight?

It is a 10 week rolling programme that you can join at any time. It is held weekly and a different topic each week is discussed, such as carbohydrates, fat, protein or the psychology of eating. Each session  is just over an hour long and is held at different times and venues around the city. There is also Your Shape Plus which incorporates physical activity.

The course is free to attend. It is funded by the Council and you don’t need a referral from your GP as you can self-refer. If you are interested, you can contact them on:

Telephone: 01908 046 380

Email: info@whyweightmk.co.uk