Having a healthy weight/wast size is good for your appearance, self confidence, overall health and daily energy levels.
Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity. It sounds simple. But more than 60% of adults in England are overweight or obese. Our lifestyles see many of us eating more calories than we need and not doing enough physical activity
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Maintaining a healthy weight and waist size is good for your appearance, self-confidence, overall health and daily energy levels. We put on weight when the amount of calories we eat exceeds the amount of calories we burn through normal everyday activities and exercise.
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, but most adults need to eat and drink fewer calories and get more active in order to lose weight. Whether you want to maintain a healthy weight or achieve weight loss, making long-term, healthy changes to your daily diet and being more active is the key to achieving your goal. A few small alterations, such as eating less and choosing drinks that are lower in fat, sugar and alcohol, can help you lose weight. There are also plenty of ways to make physical activity part of your life.
Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference and the Height/Weight Chart can help determine if you are a healthy weight. A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range, or too much fat around your waist, can increase your risk of serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers.
Healthy recommendations are:
Weight loss is easier if you go back to basics. If you burn more than you consume you will lose weight. Here are 4 rules to follow each day:
- Avoid temptations
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day – especially if you’re hungry
- Eat well – move more
- Find a buddy
Try this simple formula this week and see how you do. Aim for 1lb of fat per week as your weight loss target – that’s 3500 calories – 500 per day (30 mins exercise more and one chocolate bar less).
Download a fact sheet
- Drink less to lose weight
- Tips for eating out
- Reducing fats
- Healthy snacking tips
- Weight loss myths
- Understanding weight management
- 8 Tips for Eating Well Infographic from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
- Use the Eatwell Guide to help you get the balance right – It shows how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
- Making better choices with the Eatwell Guide – Watch the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Eatwell Guide Video Podcast
- Download the Change4Life Food Scanner App – Scan the barcodes of more than 140,000 products to look up the sugar, saturated fat and salt in everyday foods and drinks.
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