Weight creep is the term used to describe the slow, steady increase in weight that many adults experience. It’s a little like ageing – it happens so gradually that it’s hard to notice the changes day by day.
Unless you’re monitoring your weight, the average Aussie will gain ½ to 1kg a year, which equates to 15-30kg by middle age.
This gradual weight gain increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, but it can also diminish your confidence and make you feel lousy well before these conditions set in.
It takes a lot of time, effort and motivation to lose weight, so preventing weight creep is a great first step.
Tips to prevent weight creep
- Check your weight regularly – once a month or weekly if you are trying to lose weight
- Eat a healthy diet based on whole foods e.g. fruit, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, dairy and whole grains
- Cut back or avoid alcohol, sugar and junk food
- Walk or exercise for 30-60 minutes a day
- Use online tools, health apps and activity trackers to help stay in shape
- Snack healthy - vegetable sticks, yoghurt, nuts or fruit - like an Australian Banana!