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FAQ's about Diet & Nutrition

Q1. How much weight do I need to lose to gain health benefits?

Losing as little as 5% of body weight can improve blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Losing small amounts of weight in a healthy way is far better for long-term health and ultimately more likely to be sustained. We at Vivacity encourage you to make small changes in your eating and physical activity patterns so that you can sustain them over time, which will gradually help you lose weight permanently.

Q2. My GP says I need to eat more fibre. What are some good sources?

Most people in the UK only have around 14g of fibre a day, when the target is at least 18g. There are two basic types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibre, found in whole grains, bran, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, adds bulk to your diet and aids in normal digestion. Soluble fibre, found in oats, beans, peas, apples, blueberries, dates, and pears, has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

To increase your intake of dietary fibre, start by reading labels and choosing foods that have a few grams of fibre per serving. Kick-start your day with a bowl of wholegrain cereal or bran. At lunch, choose whole-wheat bread and add vegetables to your sandwich, or select a salad and top it with vegetables, beans, and nuts. Enjoy whole grains at dinner along with more fruit and vegetables. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids while increasing your fibre intake to minimise any gastrointestinal discomfort.

Q3. Are over-the-counter weight-loss products helpful in losing weight?

We at Vivacity believe that it is better to spend your money on nutritious foods than on chasing a ‘quick fix’ to such an important issue. Many of these ‘diet pills’ have some serious side effects which can be both embarrassing and damaging to health. The best method for weight loss is eating healthily and taking plenty of exercise.

Q4. How much water should a normal healthy adult drink on a daily basis?

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluids a day and men should drink about 2 litres.  For an average 200ml glass, that's around 8 glasses for women and 10 for men. Herbal and fruit teas can be a good way to boost hydration levels during colder weather.

Pay attention to thirst as well as the colour and odour of your urine. Dry mouth and concentrated (dark) urine are good indicators that you need more water. A dry environment, heat, and exercise, especially during warm weather, all increase hydration needs. Keep in mind your body constantly loses water as it evaporates from your skin. People with larger body surfaces and those who perspire or sweat more will lose more water through evaporation.

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