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Keep weight off

If you've achieved your target weight, well done! But don't undo all the good work by going back to old habits. The key to reaching your ideal weight and keeping the weight off is to make long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle that you…

How can I speed up my metabolism?

It's not unusual to hear people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism. They've cut down on calories and they're more active, but they're not losing weight. Could the culprit be a slow metabolism? What is metabolism? Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that…

Diet danger zones

Temptation is never far away when you're trying to lose weight. But if you plan ahead and maintain a flexible attitude, diet danger zones don't need to stop you achieving your target. It's the moment someone trying to lose weight dreads: your friends are heading for a…

'My gastric band weight loss surgery'

Vicky Finch tells how she had a gastric band fitted after years of weight gain was starting to put her long-term health at risk.  "My weight had begun to creep up when I was 25, after having children, and in spite of numerous attempts to lose weight,…

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…