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How to diet

Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup ... there is no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds…

How to stay motivated

More tips from real-life slimmers Keep a photo diary From Carrie Sorrell, 20, from Hertfordshire. Lost 28kg (four and a half stone). "I asked my partner to take photographs of me in my underwear and kept a photo diary. It meant I could see what…

Start the NHS weight loss plan

Use the panel above to download the NHS weight loss guide, our popular, free 12-week diet and exercise plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely - and keep it off. Weight loss plan features promotes safe and sustainable weight loss learn to…

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…