There are lots of ways you can lose weight, from making small changes to what you eat and drink to finding more support.
If you're overweight, losing weight will give you more energy and help to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Find out if you're a healthy weight
Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement that works out if you're a healthy weight for your height.
You'll need your height and weight to calculate your BMI.
Things you can do to lose weight
You do not have to do everything at once, try one thing at a time and find what works for you.
get active for 150 minutes a week – you can break this up into shorter sessions
aim to get your 5 A Day – 80g of fresh, canned or frozen fruit or vegetables count as 1 portion
aim to lose 1 to 2lbs, or 0.5 to 1kg, a week
read food labels – products with more green colour coding than amber and red are often a healthier option
swap sugary drinks for water – if you do not like the taste, add slices of lemon or lime for flavour
cut down on food that's high in sugar and fat – start by swapping sugary cereal for wholegrain alternatives
share your weight loss plan with someone you trust – they can help motivate you when you have a bad day
do not lose weight suddenly with diets
do not stock unhealthy food – popcorn, fruit and rice cakes can be healthier alternatives
do not skip meals – you might end up snacking more because you feel hungry
do not finish your plate if you're full – you can save leftover food for the next day
Download a free 12 week weight loss plan
Start moving more and eating healthier with the free NHS Weight Loss Plan or sign-up for a weight loss support group.
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5 A Day
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