How do I choose a healthy weight loss plan?

The best weight loss plans:

  • are based on a healthy, balanced diet 
  • include a physical activity programme 
  • help you lose no more than 0.5-1kg (1-2lb) a week

Diet and exercise

The diet plan you choose should combine reducing your calorie intake from food and drink with a suitable exercise programme. 

With so many diet plans to choose from, it can be hard to find a weight loss plan to suit you.

Check out our review of the most popular diets, including the 5:2, New Atkins and WeightWatchers diets. 

Before spending money on a commercial diet, why not try the free NHS weight loss plan (PDF, 8.2Mb)?

It's an easy-to-follow 12-week diet and exercise programme to help you lose weight the healthy way, and keep it off. 

If you have a medical condition, make sure to speak to your GP before you start a weight loss plan.

Some people find joining a group can motivate them to lose weight – find a weight loss group near you.

Check your BMI

Before starting any weight loss plan, you should first find out whether you really need to lose weight and, if so, how much.

Use the body mass index (BMI) calculator to work out if you're a healthy weight for your height.

The BMI tool will provide you with your own personal daily calorie intake to help you lose weight at a safe rate.

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Page last reviewed: 12/01/2017

Next review due: 12/01/2020