Eating well, combined with exercising regularly, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Together, they can lower your risk of many health conditions.
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer are just a few of the serious conditions that can be prevented by losing excess weight.
If you are overweight or living with obesity, even losing a few pounds can make a significant difference to your health.
A healthy diet should be matched with taking more physical exercise. Read our advice on how to increase your physical activity.
The NHS Better Health website, has lots of advice on how to stay healthy. There are details on how to download the free NHS apps to help you identify food swaps and start healthier life habits.
The BMI calculator on the NHS website will let you know if you’re a healthy weight and offer practical advice, depending on your result.
If you have tried to lose weight, but are finding it difficult to make progress, you could contact your GP surgery who could help. Your GP or practice nurse will assess your general health and help identify new things you could try.