Osteopathy Australia supports Healthy Weight Week
13 February 2017
Osteopathy Australia is supporting the Dietitian Association of Australia (DAA) 10th annual Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (13-19 February 2017), which is about promoting a healthy weight for all Aussies.
New research shows many Australians are turning to costly quick-fixes for weight loss, prompting experts to warn against wasting money on short-lived weight loss results.
A national survey* commissioned by the DAA showed almost half of Aussie adults have actively tried to lose weight in the past year, and 47 per cent of those did so by spending their money on a specific diet or diet program.
Healthy Weight Week encourages all Aussies to make simple changes towards smart eating, starting with three simple steps:
1. Cooking at home
Research shows that people who prepare food at home are more likely to eat smaller portions and take in fewer kilojoules and less fat, salt and sugar. In turn, this is more likely to result in a healthy weight.
2. Choosing the right portions
Getting your portions right at breakfast, lunch and dinner can make a real difference to your weight and your health. Main meals are all about maximising nutrition with the right foods while keeping kilojoules check. Get the balance right when plating up meals at home with this simple rule of thumb:
- ½ of your plate should be vegetables (think variety and colour!)
- ¼ of your plate should be good-quality carbohydrates – such as potato, wholegrain pasta, brown rice, couscous, quinoa
- ¼ of your plate should be lean protein, like lean meat, poultry, eggs or legumes.
3. Getting the right advice and support
For tailored nutrition and dietary advice, based on the latest science, see an Accredited Practising Dietician. They can:
- Assess individual nutritional needs
- Develop personalised eating plans
- Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies.
Keeping active is the other critical key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Osteopaths can examine musculoskeletal structure and provide guidance on appropriate exercises and injury prevention.
Osteopaths use manual techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues along with mobilisation of specific joints. These techniques assist in improving elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance.
Should you become injured, osteopaths are highly trained to facilitate a quicker return to optimal function while also minimising re-injury. Common conditions osteopaths treat include knee, leg and ankle injuries, neck and back pain, and shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
Louise Grech, Accredited Practising Dietitian at Inner West Health Clinic, says this week should be used to challenge the notion of what ‘healthy weight’ means.
“We all come in different shapes and sizes and I believe in collaborating with every patient to discover what healthy weight is for each individual. Dietitians provide nutrition counselling to clients presenting weight concerns, and if mobility or pain issues hinder their health program, I highly recommend they see an osteopath.”
Australia’s Healthy Weight Week is the perfect time to kick-start a more wholesome lifestyle. Focus on cooking more meals at home, eating the right foods, keeping active and seeking professional advice – smart ways to help achieve your best weight possible!
*Survey a of 1,033 Australians aged 18-64 years.