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How to lose weight healthily

Published: June 8, 2022 at 12:38 pm
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Wondering how to lose belly fat and keep it off, or if stress can affect your weight? Our expert guides will answer all your weight loss and exercise questions.

Looking to lose weight? Discover our range of expert guides offering evidence-based tips for healthy weight loss, while also being inspired by our chefs' colourful and nutritious recipes.

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Everyone has unique needs when it comes to their health and wellbeing. For some, health means reducing their sugar or salt intake, while for others it may even mean gaining weight. Although weight loss isn’t the answer to every health issue or concern, if your doctor has recommended that you lose some weight, then we can help you learn how to do it in a healthy way.

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be tempting to try fad or crash diets in order to shed the pounds, but it’s important to remember that while you may see some weight loss on the scales, unhealthy approaches to weight loss can result in malnutrition, loss in muscle mass and reductions in bone density which could work against you in the long run.

Experts recommend a steady weight loss of between 1-2 pounds per week, allowing you to lose weight in a steady and sustainable manner, while still enjoying a variety of foods and feeling energised.

Explore our guides and recipe collections below for more information on how to approach weight loss in a healthy way. You can also avoid the hassle and access our FREE 7-day healthy diet plan, which includes meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and tips to help you get started with your health goals.

Weight loss guides

How to lose weight and keep it off

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Maintaining a healthy weight is key for good health, but many of us go about it the wrong way. Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at The British Heart Foundation, explains how to do it right.

How to lose excess weight: Healthy Diet Plan

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Want to lose weight in a healthy way while still eating delicious food? Discover how BBC Good Food's Healthy Diet Plans can help you achieve your goal.

Healthy ways to lose excess belly fat

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Are you plagued with hard to shift stomach fat? Nutritionist Kerry Torrens explains why this may be a risk to your health and highlights healthy strategies which can work as effective belly busters.

How does gut health affect weight?

How does your unique 'microbiome' – the trillions of tiny bacteria in your gut – affect your weight, and do home testing kits work? We asked dietitian Emer Delany to explain.

Does stress affect weight?

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A dietitian explains the link between stress and weight gain or loss, including the impact on our hormones and appetite, plus top tips on how to manage stress levels.

Weight loss recipes

Healthy breakfast recipes to lose weight

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Don't skip the most important meal of the day – instead enjoy a lighter breakfast between 200-400 calories. Try scrambled eggs, porridge, pancakes and more.

Healthy dinner recipes to lose weight

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Looking for a lighter dinner? We have plenty of healthy, satisfying recipes between 200-500 calories. Enjoy cauliflower curry, chicken stew, risotto, burgers and more.

Healthy recipes for weight loss

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It's still possible to eat well while losing weight. Check out our lighter lunch recipes and healthy but satisfying dinners, all for 500 calories or less.

Exercise and weight loss

Exercise tips for weight loss

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Wondering why all your exercise efforts aren't paying off? Fitness writer and sports therapist Katie Hiscock shares her top tips to help you get the most from your workouts, shed the pounds and stay on track.

How to get more active: Healthy Diet Plan

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Keen to increase your exercise and feel fantastic? Discover the benefits of physical activity and top tips to stay fuelled after your workout.

The benefits of exercise on mental health

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Exercising isn't just about improving our physical health. Consultant sports psychiatrist Dr Amit Mistry outlines the benefits it can have on our mental wellbeing, from combating stress to boosting brain power.

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