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‘When I felt breathless climbing stairs, I knew I had to lose weight’ – The Mirror

Apr 18th, 2023

If youve struggled to maintain a healthy weight, theres a new expert solution to help

Lots of us struggle to manage our weight. But for food vlogger Steve Chiswell, 41, its a battle thats made even tougher by his job which involves being paid to eat.

My youngest child, Fifi, was a fussy eater, so we started making food videos together, says Steve, from West Sussex.

Id let her choose the ingredients she wanted to try, and wed film ourselves cooking them. Our posts became really popular, so five years ago I sold my removals business to become a full time vlogger.

As well as home cooking, I started showcasing local restaurants, offsetting all the extra calories by going down the gym. But then, when the pandemic hit, both restaurants and gyms closed so I started reviewing takeaways instead. Thats when I started gaining weight.

Having kept at a steady 13st for several years, Steves weight crept up to over 18st. With a BMI (body mass index) of 34.5 the healthy range for an adult is 18.5-24.9 his health was now at risk.

Ive got asthma, and being overweight makes that worse, he explains. Simple things such as standing up and going upstairs can make me breathless, which is worrying.

"A few months ago my doctor told me I risk developing high blood pressure or type-2 diabetes if I dont do something about my weight. I already knew I should do something, but that really brought it home.

Since then, Ive cut down on alcohol and fizzy drinks, and choose healthier options from the menu when I eat out for work. Ive also started taking a Boots multivitamin to help supplement my diet, and Ive taken up photography to get me outside more. Taking pictures of the sunrise certainly gets me out of bed bright and early!

More than two in three adults are classified as overweight or obese in the UK, and many of us dont realise that our weight could be affecting our health.

Boots' superintendent pharmacist Claire Nevinson explains, Your BMI is a ratio of your weight to your height and indicates whether you're a healthy weight for your height."

Being overweight or obese can significantly increase your risk of certain health conditions such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

In the past, Steves attempts to achieve and maintain a healthy weight have been hampered by a lack of motivation. But this time hes planning on using the advice and support available at Boots Online Doctor to keep him on track.

Boots Online Doctor's 10-week weight-loss programme offers expert advice on everything from setting realistic targets to beating cravings, while a team of experts is on hand to answer questions live via free weekly webinars*.

I already feel so much better Ive got more energy, my mental health has improved and Ive lost half a stone, says Steve. And Boots Online Doctor sounds like a great way of staying motivated.

I love that you can log in at your leisure. Also, I felt a bit anxious about having a one-on-one consultation, so the webinars were really useful in fact, they're good for anyone whos a bit shy. Ill definitely be logging on, because this time Im determined to succeed.

*Webinars subject to availability.

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'When I felt breathless climbing stairs, I knew I had to lose weight' - The Mirror

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