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Should you lose weight fast?

When you're trying to lose weight, it's tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off - and it also comes with health risks. If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably keen to see, and feel,…

Weight loss: 'I knew I had to change'

Robert Langston knew he had to change his life. He was 37, weighed 16.2 stone (103kg) and couldn't walk down his local high street without losing his breath. He had diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, and knew that his poor diet and a lack of physical activity had…

Get your hearing tested

If you're worried about your hearing it's easy to get it checked. Here's our guide to your hearing test options. Quick hearing tests Quick hearing checks are a good first step to finding out how healthy your hearing is without having to visit your GP or…

10 self-help tips to stop smoking

If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up. Think positive You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don't let that put you off. Look back at the things your…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…

8 key times to quit smoking

Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution. Did you know? Smokers who use their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to successfully stop smoking for good.…

Stop smoking: coping with cravings

If you can control your cravings for a cigarette, you'll boost your chances of quitting. The most effective ways to tackle cravings are a combination of stop-smoking medicines and behavioural changes. Going cold turkey may be appealing, and works for some, but research suggests that willpower alone…

Stop smoking without putting on weight

You may be worried about piling on the pounds when you stop smoking - but there are steps you can take to keep weight gain to a minimum. They are: Take more exercise  Use stop smoking treatments  Diet cautiously - it can help reduce weight while you quit, but you must be…

Weight loss success stories

The NHS weight loss plan has been downloaded more than 3 million times. Find out why the 12-week programme is such a hit from people who have successfully lost weight. Lesley Trundle, 53, from London Weight lost: 14.5kg (32lbs) "I started the NHS weight loss plan on January 7…