Lose weight

Start losing weight

Begin your weight loss journey today with these tips on diet and physical activity to get started on losing weight.

Top 10 diets review

Find a weight loss plan that’s right for you with our review of the 10 most searched-for commercial diets.

What's your BMI?

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

Height/weight chart

Use this chart to check if you're the right weight for your height.

Cheryl Taylor

'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.

Healthy food swaps

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

Eight tips for healthy eating

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

Understanding calories

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

How to diet

Find out why some diets are bad for you, plus how to lose weight the healthy way.

Vicky Finch

Vicky's story: 'My gastric band surgery'

Vicky talks about the changes she had to make to her diet before and after weight loss surgery, and what it's like living with a gastric band.

'Is weight loss surgery right for me?'

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

Get active your way

Ideas for busy mums, families, young people, office workers and older adults to build activity into their life.

Food labels

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

Ten-minute workouts

Struggling to find time to exercise? Here are some simple 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.

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.

Very low calorie diets

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

Feet on scales

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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Tools

Take a LifeCheck

Link to NHS LifeCheck.

A few moments spent now could add years to your life.

BMI healthy weight calculator

Use our BMI healthy weight calculator to check your body mass index and get tailored advice

BMI healthy weight calculator

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

Miracle Foods: myths and the media

Each day there's a new crop of possibly life-changing headlines about how food affects our health. Read our report on the health properties of food

Online clinic on weight loss

Open now – get expert advice on losing weight, diets, exercise, obesity surgery and other weight loss topics

Symptom checker

If you have a health problem, our symptom checker can help you manage it or decide where to go for help