Skip to main content

Search Results

Advice & Information

 Directory results

Surprising 100-calorie snacks

These surprising 100-calorie snacks mean you can still tuck into some of the nation's favourite treats without derailing your diet.  From British classics like cheese toasties to sophisticated smoked salmon and cream cheese parcels, you can enjoy these popular snacks while staying in control of your calories. Most of these low-calorie bites, from dietitian Azmina Govindji, require only 3 ingredients and take less than 5…

Top sources of added sugar in our diet

From cola, chocolate and ketchup to beer, yoghurt and soup, find out where most of the added sugar in our diet lurks. "Added sugar", such as table sugar, honey and syrups, should not make up more than 5% of the total energy we get from food and drink each…

Nine medical reasons for putting on weight

Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. Here are nine medical issues that can cause weight gain. Underactive…

Very low calorie diets

A very low calorie diet (VLCD) is a clinically supervised diet plan that involves eating about 800 calories a day or fewer. The diet usually involves replacing normal food with low-calorie shakes, soups, bars, or porridge containing milk. VLCDs are typically for adults who are obese - defined…

Britain: 'the fat man of Europe'

One in four British adults is obese, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, prompting fears that the UK has become the "fat man of Europe". The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, ahead of countries such as France, Germany,…

My 12-week weight loss journey

Stephanie Higgins tells how she lost 9.2kg (1.4st) on the NHS weight loss plan without ever going hungry. From calorie-counting to snacking, Stephanie reveals how she did it and how the plan helped her develop healthier habits in 12 weeks. How did you hear about…

Height/weight chart

You can use this chart to check if you're the right weight for your height. Alternatively, you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator. This height/weight chart is only suitable for adult men and women. It isn't suitable for children or people under 18. If…

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…