Weight management

​Making small simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking, and how much you're moving can really help you feel great.

If you're overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. People who are overweight have higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, arthritis and back pain.

Being underweight isn't good for your health either. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, or you want to find out whether you are a healthy weight visit the Body Mass Index BMI on the NHS website.

How we can help

If you're struggling to achieve a healthy weight, Public Health Northamptonshire will fund a 12 week course to support you to reach your weight-loss goals.

If you attend at least 9 of your 12 sessions you may qualify for a further course. Your BMI must still be 28 or over and you must have lost at least 3 percent of your body weight on the first course. If this is the case then you can apply again, if these do not apply you won't be able to attend a second course.

Check your eligibility and apply

Top tips to help you lose weight

  1. Don't skip breakfast

  2. Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.

  3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

  4. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre - 3 essential ingredients for successful weight loss.

  5. Get more active

  6. As well as providing numerous health benefits, exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can't cut through diet alone. Find out more about getting active.

  7. Drink plenty of water

  8. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.

  9. Cut down on alcohol

  10. A standard glass of wine can contain as man calories as a piece of chocolate. Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain. Find out more about the calories in alcohol.

Other support available

Download the free 12 week diet and exercise plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely and keep it off.

Finding it hard to stay motivated? Why not sign up for a weekly email from the NHS for 12 weeks to keep you on track.

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