The story behind Waistchecker: a practical lifestyle product to support weight loss
by Cilla Baldwyn, Healthcare Professional
During my long career in healthcare, I became increasingly interested in the wellbeing of people – and the role that diet plays in promoting health.
Following a general nursing course at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, I worked for many years for an obstetric surgeon. After I moved out of London, I went into long-term care. As well as running nursing homes, I became involved in the development of long-term care insurance. In my next position, as a quality consultant to a group of nursing homes, I supported managers in their roles and implemented quality markers such as ‘Investors in People’.
Our current obesity crisis
Throughout this time, I became concerned at the growing obesity crisis and the frequent stories in the news highlighting the damage being done to our health.
I can speak from first-hand experience on the trials and tribulations of being overweight (and the effort required to lose those excess pounds). When I worked in nursing, patients at the hospital were highly generous with their gifts. Inevitably, many were of the chocolate variety, and the pounds started to pile on.
Believe me, I know how mortifying it can be to visit a dress shop and be told, “I don’t think we have anything in your size.”
It was a similarly adverse remark by a friend that triggered my decision to lose the extra weight I’d gained. With lots of self-control, I cut back on the calories. And, as a nurse working 12-hour shifts, I certainly got plenty of exercise walking the wards.
Finally, I was able to achieve a better weight. Now I stick to a healthy diet that’s low in fat and sugar and includes plenty of fruit and vegetables – and I’ve managed to keep the weight off.
Supporting your weight loss goals
It’s not easy to lose weight as I can testify. And, if you’re like me, you’ll welcome any support that’s available to help you in your endeavours. This could mean embarking on your weight loss journey with a friend who’s in a similar position or joining your local slimming club.
Sticking to a healthy eating plan isn’t easy and constant motivation is required. It helps to give yourself an objective to work towards, which is why I’m an advocate of Waistchecker.
Waistchecker: a simple motivational tool
The Waistchecker tape measure is a practical lifestyle product that supports adults who want to change their lifestyle and become healthier. It was developed to act as a motivational tool to track weight loss.
The tape measure is simplicity itself. It shows you immediately if your waist measurement is in, or above, the normal recommended range. Waistchecker is designed to make it easy for you to monitor your progress and it will help guide you towards achieving a healthy waist size.
How does your waistline measure up?
Waistchecker is a simple, colour-coded tape measure designed to help you keep track of your weight loss – letting you see your progress at a glance.
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