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Weight management

Top tips

Don't skip breakfast

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.

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre.

Get more active

As well as providing numerous health benefits, exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can't cut through diet alone.

Drink plenty of water

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

Cut down on alcohol

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.

 


 

Challenging myths about weight management

Healthier foods are not necessarily more expensive

It may seem that healthier foods are more expensive than their unhealthier alternatives. However, if you try replacing ingredients with healthier alternatives, you'll probably find your meals will work out costing less.

Starving yourself is not a good way to lose weight

Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. The main problem is that this type of diet is too hard to maintain. You may also be missing out on essential nutrients as crash diets can be limited in the variety of food consumed. Your body will be low on energy and may cause you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods. This can lead to eating those foods and more calories than you need, causing weight gain.

Drinking water is not a good way to lose weight

Water does not cause you to lose weight, but it does keep you hydrated and might help you snack less. Water is essential for good health and wellbeing.


 Apps that can help!

There are an increasing number of health and wellbeing apps available. We are making it easier to help you find apps that can help you to stay healthy and well. Below are some of the top rated apps for weight management. You can also search a range of health and wellbeing apps across different areas, such as, stopping smoking, improving your mental wellbeing, keeping active and managing health conditions.

 


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