Regardless of your age, maintaining a healthy weight and taking regular exercise are vital to your long-term health and wellbeing. As well as affecting confidence and self-esteem, being overweight can lead to a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and cancers.

There are many factors that contribute to a person’s weight such as environment, family history and genetics, metabolism (the way your body changes food and oxygen into energy) and behaviour. In order to lose weight you need to adopt healthier lifestyle habits, which can have real benefits for your long-term health and wellbeing. This means eating less, even when eating a healthy, balanced diet and becoming more active.

How can I lose weight and improve my health?

Nowadays, there are so many options available to help you lose weight; it can be difficult to know what the right solution is for you. The best way to lose weight is steadily, through a combination of healthy eating, eating less and taking regular exercise. With the right diet and regular exercise, you should not only lose weight but have more energy to enjoy life.

If you need a little extra help, there are several options depending on how much weight you want to lose. Ask our pharmacist about the variety of options that are available, including information about the latest food and meal replacements, slimming aids and the NHS Weight Management Service.*

 

Choose a healthier diet

To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than your body uses. It will be easier to do this if you limit the amount of food and drink you eat that is high in sugar or fat and cut down on alcohol too. Avoid snacking, make sure you don't miss meals, and be aware of your portion sizes. 

Did you know? The number of people with obesity in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years.

 

Top tips for healthy eating

  • Base your meals on starchy foods such as potatoes, cereals, pasta and rice
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – at least five portions a day
  • Eat more fish – at least two portions a week, including one portion of oily fish
  • Cut down on the amount of sugar and saturated fat you eat
  • Cut down on the amount of salt that you eat
  • Drink plenty of water – try to drink at least one and a half litres a day
  • Don’t skip breakfast – it fuels you for the day and helps prevent you binge eating
  • Get active daily and achieve your healthy weight 

 

 

 

 

NHS Weight Management Service*

Our FREE NHS Weight Management Service* offers confidential advice and support. Ask our pharmacist for:

• Healthy eating guidance
• Regular one-to-one support
• Advice about effective weight loss and weight management, to help find the right solution for you
• Help with understanding your Body Mass Index (BMI) Search for your local Well pharmacy here

For more information, please download our weight management leaflet.

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Stopping Smoking

With help and advice on everything from weight loss to stopping smoking; the experts at your local Well are here to give you the boost you need.

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Weight Management Leaflet

For more information, please download our weight management leaflet.
 

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Healthy Recipes

Kick-start your healthy eating with food that’s as delicious as it is good for you – take a look at our recipes for inspiration.

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For more information speak to a pharmacist or visit your local NHS health advice page

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