Managing your weight
Getting to a healthy weight is about keeping the right balance
between the energy that you put into your body (food), and the
energy you burn through physical activity.
But you don't always have to spend hours at the gym and go on a
strict diet. In fact, you can get to a healthy weight by making a
few small and long-lasting changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Checking your Body Mass Index (BMI)
You can have your height and weight measured at your local GP
surgery, the results of which are then used to calculate your Body
Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy
weight for your height. For the most of us, a BMI between 18 and 25
If it is higher than 25, your GP or health professional will
have discussed this with you and provided you with information and
support to help you achieve a healthy weight.
Keep track of your BMI
You can use the NHS Choices interactive
healthy weight calculator to find out your current BMI and keep
track of your BMI as it changes. The calculator will also direct
you to NHS Choices information that is relevant for you.
There is a lot of information, advice and support on the NHS
Choices website to help you reach your ideal weight.
You can find out how to:
- swap high-calorie snacks for healthier alternatives
- walk 10,000 steps a day
- discover the hidden causes of weight gain, including
Visit the NHS Choices website to
find out more about losing weight.
People who are overweight or obese may need to do 60 to 90
minutes of physical activity a day to lose weight.
But that doesn't have to mean hours spent at the gym or jogging
around the park. Physical activity means anything that gets you
warm, raises your heart rate a little for a sustained period and
makes you slightly out of breath. It can include:
- brisk walking
- walking upstairs.
Find out more on the Get
moving section on the NHS Choices website.
If you want you and your family to lead a healthy lifestyle,
there's lots more advice and support at the Change4Life
you can find out about eating well and getting more physical
activity into your daily routine. Changes to your lifestyle are
easier to make when people around you join in so get the whole
family involved. You can fill in an online questionnaire and
receive a personalised action plan for the whole family.