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Healthy eating and losing weight

A balanced nutritional diet is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer and improve your overall health.

The following tips can help you to eat healthily and lose weight:

  • Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates, like potatoes, bread and pasta and choose wholegrain varieties wherever possible
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish each week
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
  • Get active and be a healthy weight
  • Drink plenty of water so you don’t get thirsty
  • Don’t skip breakfast

The Government's Eatwell guide explains more about how to eat a healthy balanced diet. The NHS Choices website also has a range of practical tips and activities to help lose weight.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Weight Management service offers opportunities to improve your quality of life through healthy lifestyle changes. Changes are simple to follow in day-to-day life and are effective with maintaining a healthy weight. For advice and signposting, telephone 0116 3051 510 or you can self-refer at First Contact Plus.

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