Lose weight

Getting started on the NHS weight loss plan

Develop healthier eating habits and get more active with the NHS Choices weight loss guide.

Christine Vivier

'I remember being 10 years old and feeling fat'

Christine says the NHS weight loss plan helped her overcome a love-hate relationship with food

Phil Reeves

'I want to be a good role model for my daughter'

Phil says the weight loss plan has left him feeling healthier, fitter and more confident.

The truth about carbs

We sort the wheat from the chaff to bring you the evidence-based truth about carbs.

Top diets review for 2014

Find a weight loss plan to suit you with our review of the most popular diets.

10 surprising 100-calorie snacks

Keep hunger at bay with these low-calorie twists on some of the nation's favourite snacks.

Healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast)

Get into the habit of eating breakfast with these delicious calorie-counted breakfasts.

What's your BMI?

Are you a healthy weight for your height? Use this simple interactive tool to find out.

Start losing weight

Begin your weight loss journey today with these tips on diet and physical activity to get started on losing weight.

Britain: 'the fat man of Europe'

The story of Britain's obesity crisis, including latest statistics, causes and health risks.

Why body shape matters

When it comes to health, your waist measurement could be even more important than your body mass index.

Top sources of added sugar in our diet

From cola, chocolate and ketchup to beer, yoghurt and soup, find out where most of the added sugar in our diet lurks.

The truth about sweeteners

Find out the evidence on the safety of some of the most common sweeteners available in the UK.

Should you lose weight fast?

A steady rate of weight loss will produce results that really last.

Hidden causes of weight gain

Could cheap food, email, stress or late nights be causing you to put on weight?

Healthy food swaps

Stop those high-calorie foods and swap them for a healthy, balanced alternative.

Eight tips for healthy eating

Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.

Diet danger zones

Temptation is never far away when you're trying to lose weight. Learn how to handle those diet danger zones.

How to diet

Find out why some diets are bad for you, plus how to lose weight the healthy way.

Very low calorie diets

A VLCD contains fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Find out if it's right for you.

Food labels

How to understand food labels and make healthier choices when shopping.

Understanding calories

Calories mean energy, and the right energy balance is the key to a healthy weight.

How can I speed up my metabolism?

What can you do to give your metabolism a boost to help you lose weight?

Height/weight chart

Use this chart to check if you're the right weight for your height.

Keep weight off

Keep losing weight only to regain it? Find out how to make your weight loss stick.

How your GP can help

What your GP can do to help if you have a weight problem.

10-minute workouts

Choose from six 10-minute home workouts to improve your general fitness and tone your abs, legs, buttocks and triceps.

The 10,000 steps challenge

Walking 10,000 steps a day can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.

Christine Schofield

'I ran a marathon after losing weight'

Christine ran her very first marathon after losing weight with the NHS weight loss plan.

My 12-week weight loss journey

Stephanie Higgins tells how she lost 9.2kg with the NHS weight loss plan without ever going hungry.

Robert Langston then and now

Weight loss: 'I knew I had to change'

Robert Langston was overweight, asthmatic and diabetic. Find out how he turned his life around.

'Is weight loss surgery right for me?'

If you've tried lifestyle changes, surgery might be right for you. But it's not an easy option.

Vicky Finch

Vicky's story: 'My gastric band surgery'

Vicky talks about the changes she had to make to her diet before and after weight loss surgery, and what it's like living with a gastric band.

Cheryl Taylor

'Slimming clubs helped me lose weight'

Mother-of-four Cheryl Taylor tells how slimming clubs helped her drop nine dress sizes in two years and turn her life around.

Brendan and Debbie Byrne

Weight loss wonders

Brendan and Debbie Byrne lost weight together when they swapped takeaways for healthy home cooking.

How to stay motivated

When you're trying to lose weight, it can be tough to stay motivated. Real-life slimmers share tips that work.

Julie Thompson

'I beat middle-age spread'

Julie Thompson, 48, put on weight during the menopause. When she hit 79kg, she joined a slimming club.

Nick Green

'Weight loss feels great'

Nick Green's weight rocketed when he stopped smoking. But with a healthy diet and exercise, he lost more than 40kg and got fit.

Christopher Bennington

'I weighed 70kg at age 11'

Chris Bennington, 14, lost more than a stone when he swapped pizza and chips for healthy pasta.

What are processed foods?

Information about different kinds of processed foods, and which to eat as part of a healthy balanced diet

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

Probiotics

Many health claims are made for probiotics. Find out when they might help and when to be sceptical

Overweight children: advice for parents

Practical advice for parents of overweight children, including tips on healthy eating and physical activity

Is green tea a superfood?

From weight loss wonder to cancer cure, we review the evidence for green tea's health claims

Weight loss myths

Do slimming pills work? Is healthy food expensive? The truth behind 10 common myths about weight loss.

Bodybuilding and sports supplements

Supplements are popular for people wanting to lose weight and build muscle, but some are illegal and dangerous

Cut down on your calories

Many of us are eating too much, and not being active enough. Find out how to cut the calories

Get running with Couch to 5K

Our C25K plan is designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running 5km in nine weeks

Strength and Flex

Download our Strength and flexibility podcast series and get a free personal trainer

5K+ running podcasts for C25K graduates

Take your running to the next level with new podcasts for Couch to 5K graduates

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to get active and improve your general health

Exercise: getting started

Step-by-step sport and exercise guides to help you get more active and stay motivated

Food and diet

Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet to help you look and feel your best

Superfoods: the evidence

We examine the evidence behind the health claims of the most popular superfoods

Miracle Foods: myths and the media

Can a curry save your life? Read our report on the supposed health benefits of common foods

Symptom checker

If you have a health problem, our symptom checker can help you manage it or decide where to go for help

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