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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
ND, Dip Nutr, Dip Herb, MBANT, MURHP, MCNHC

Obesity avoidance tactics!

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There are many health risks associated with being overweight or obese. 

Some of these can be changed and other risk factors, such as genetics, race and family history cannot. But healthy lifestyle changes can help to decrease your risk of developing more serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, dementia and cancer.

As a Lifestyle and Weight Loss Practitioner, I am aware that there are many factors that contribute to becoming overweight or obese, some of which may not be obvious. However, when we make adjustments and provide adequate support for lifestyle, we will create positive changes and decrease risks.

What are the causes and what can we change?


  • Poor eating behaviours - consuming too many calories from poor quality foods will contribute to increased health risks and increase your risk for being overweight and obese.
  • Eating foods  high in trans fats and saturated fats.
  • Consuming too many sugar-laden foods and drinks.
  • Poor sleep patterns - sleep deprivation has now been shown to contribute to a range of health problems. A lack of sleep can cause weight gain  and effect energy levels.
  • High stress levels - stress that is chronic can affect your hormones particularly, insulin. When stress is part of your day to day life, then your cortisol levels will be affected causing you to have sugar and food cravings and eat more than you need.
  • Lack of exercise - the body was  designed to move and consistent  daily physical exercise is important to help keep your BMI under control.
  • Genetics - it  is now well known that genetics can play a role in the inheritance of being overweight or obese. Research studies have found that DNA of certain genes can influence our tendency for being overweight.
  • Hormonal imbalances - this is especially true for females but can also present itself in males who are overweight. Oestrogen dominance is not restricted to females.
  • Insulin resistance is caused by a variety of lifestyle factors, but will eventually lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Lifestyle and dietary modifications can help to prevent Diabetes Type 2.


If you are concerned about being overweight or obese, then you can seek the support of a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist (and Lifestyle Mechanic!) to help you address your primary health concerns using gentle lifestyle modifications and dietary interventions.

Book a free 15 minute consultation here to chat through your concerns and create a plan for your future health and wellbeing.

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  • "Andrea at Natural Solutions is my first port of call when my body is not functioning the way I want it to. Unfortunately I live too far away to see her for face to face consultations but by talking to her on Skype she always seems to come up with a solution. I have used her for my children and my husband as well and her support has always been fantastic. When my husband went through complications after a medical procedure she sorted him out with supplements and suggestions of how to deal with it, which made it all more manageable. Great service, Andrea! Many thanks. "Ancki Danby, Southampton