90% felt happier about themselves
100% agree they lost weight and reduced waist size
90% agree that their eating habits have changed
94% satisfaction score
90% agree they reduced eating frequency
Average waist reduction 8.2cm
Average weight loss 4.03kg (8.9lb)
X-PERT Weight Structure
A comprehensive, educational and empowering wellbeing programme
The first UK dietary guidelines were launched in 1983, recommending a low-fat diet for everyone. There was, however, NO EVIDENCE to support this blanket approach!
The mainstream approach to dieting has been centered around two core principles: ‘fat is bad’ and ‘count your calories’. Since the introduction of this advice, the prevalence of obesity has more than tripled to the current rate of 1 in 4 adults (27% of the population), with 63% of the UK population now classified as overweight!
The large number of people who have tried and failed to sustain weight loss through this approach shows it is time to try something new.
Why are X-PERT Health the right people for the job?
X-PERT Health has a proven track record in researching, developing and implementing and evaluating intensive lifestyle structured education through its diabetes programmes. Our most recent audit reports have shown attendees of our programmes to have improved a range of physiological and anthropometrical measurements including: body weight, glycaemic control, blood pressure and blood lipids.
X-PERT Health’s philosophy is to provide high quality structured education to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence for attendees to make informed decisions and self-manage their health. We focus education on exploring all of the different dietary approaches as one size does not fit all! We provide evidence based nutritional information for attendees to make empowered decisions themselves to find which approach best suits their lifestyle and adhere to in the long run as we do not believe in the word ‘diet’ which implies an end date where a likely relapse could occur.
Why do we need X-PERT Weight?
The X-PERT Weight programme is being developed as the prevalence of obesity is detrimental to public health and the UK economy. The Health and Social Care Information Centre reported 58% of women and 65% of men to be overweight or obese. Dietary advice advocated since 1983, centred on a low fat approach was not evidence based (1) consequently obesity rates increased from 8% and 12% in men and women at this time (2) to 24% in 2014 (3). Current dietary strategies are not working and as a result obesity costs to the UK economy have vastly increased from £473.3 million in 1998 (4) to £4.2 billion in 2007 (5) to an immense current day estimated spend of £27 billion in 2016 (6).
Obesity is the fourth largest risk factor of deaths in England according to the NHS Atlas of risk. Overweight individuals were 26% more likely to develop CHD and 13% more likely to suffer from a stroke and obese individuals were 69% more likely to develop CHD and 47% more likely to suffer from a stroke compared to those who were ‘normal’ weight. These amplified risks were strongly correlated with the subjects increased blood pressure which is directly related to weight gain (7). Additionally obesity is positively correlated with multiple adverse health conditions such as: type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, some forms of cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnoea, neurological functioning and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (8).
The Government healthy eating guidelines over the past couple of decades are failing to decrease obesity levels, quite the opposite, questioning whether existing guidelines are appropriate for maintaining a healthy weight. Contemporary dietary beliefs around weight loss may not be as accurate as first thought suggesting sustainable weight changes may not be solely down to energy intake vs expenditure (calories in vs calories out). There will be additional blogs discussing the limitations with energy balance and ‘The Hormonal Obesity Theory’ in due course.
With further increases in the obesity epidemic predicted over coming decades the necessity for alterations in public health advice/education is evident.
How are we going about it?
The dietary approaches that will be offered to participants attending X-PERT Weight will be:
* Low fat, high carbohydrate
* Low carbohydrate, high fat
* Mediterranean diet
* Intermittent/alternative day fasting
Our programmes support the government’s current initiative of greater focus on education and awareness to help control the cost of health care.