Lose weight

Start losing weight

Start your weight loss journey today with these practical tips.

What's your BMI?

Are you a healthy weight for your height? Use this simple interactive tool to find out.

The truth about fad diets

Learn about fad diets, how they work and the risks involved, and get tips on losing weight the healthy way.

Eight tips for healthy eating

Start eating well with these eight tips for a healthy diet.

Get fit your way

Ideas for office workers, new parents, retired people and children to build exercise and fitness into their day.

Food labels

How to understand food labels and make healthier choices when shopping.

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'Slimming clubs helped me lose weight'

Mother-of-four Cheryl Taylor tells how slimming clubs helped her drop nine dress sizes in two years and turn her life around.

Ten-minute workouts

Struggling to find time to exercise? Here are 10 easy ways to fit 10 minutes of exercise into your day.

When your child is overweight

If your child is overweight, it's time to take action. Change as a family, with help if you need it.

Healthy food swaps

Stop those high calorie foods and swap them for a healthy, balanced alternative.

Should you lose weight fast?

A steady rate of weight loss will produce results that really last.

Keep weight off

Keep losing weight only to regain it? Find out how to make your weight loss stick.

Weight loss surgery

If you've tried lifestyle changes, surgery might be right for you. But it's not an easy option.

Understanding calories

Calories mean energy, and the right energy balance is the key to a healthy weight.

Very low calorie diets

A VLCD contains less that 1,000 calories a day. Find out if it's right for you.

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Ten weight-loss myths

Do slimming pills work? Is healthy food expensive? The truth behind 10 common myths about weight loss.

How to stay motivated

When you're trying to lose weight, it can be tough to stay motivated. Real-life slimmers share tips that work.

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Exercise: getting started

Step-by-step sport and exercise guides to help you get more active and stay motivated.

Couch to 5K

Tips on getting started with the Couch to 5K running plan, including podcasts and real stories to motivate you.

Food and diet

Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet to help you look and feel your best.

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to help you get into shape.

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Make your weekly shopping healthier

Use the Supermarket Health Checker to make swaps and cut the calories, sat fat, salt and sugar in your trolley.