Welcome to support for managing a healthy weight
Here you will find everything you need to help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. Our mission is simple. To promote and enable successful and healthy lives for the local people of North East Lincolnshire.
So, what you are waiting for?
Managing your weight
Want to lose weight and keep it off? Here you will find lots of tips to help you make small and realistic changes to your diet and increase your level of physical activity so that you can lose weight and keep it off.
If you are overweight, you will have a greater chance of developing heart disease, back and joint pain, depression and certain cancers. Kick start your health with the NHS Better Health campaign .
Losing weight will reduce your risk of diseases and help you feel more confident about yourself.
Eating well is essential for good health and wellbeing and contributes to reducing the risk of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers and osteoporosis. When it comes to a healthy diet, balance is the key to getting it right. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
The Eatwell Plate shows the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Eat well by:
- Eating lots of fruit and vegetables – Remember to try and have at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Whether it is dried, tinned, frozen or a fruit juice, they all count!
- Have plenty of starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta, rice. A good tip is to plan your meals around starchy foods. Aim to include 1 food from this group in each meal
- Eat some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and beans. Go lean – remove the skin from chicken and the excess fat from meat. Remember to try to include two portions of fish a week one of which should be oily
- Have some dairy foods. Try to choose lower fat versions where possible for example, semi skimmed milk, low fat yoghurts, lower fat cheeses such as Edam or cottage cheese
- Go easy on your intake of foods containing fat and sugar. You can cut down on fat and sugar by eating fewer sweets, cakes and biscuits, and drinking fewer sugary soft drinks
Physical activity is good for both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. It helps to prevent and manage a range of health conditions (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers), helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
An active lifestyle can also be a great way to increase energy levels, combat anxiety, reduce stress, raise self-esteem, and improve sleeping habits.
Being active can take place anytime, and anywhere to suit your lifestyle. It could be in the home, the garden, activities in the park, within community settings or at a leisure facility such as your local swimming pool or gym.
Physical activity can incorporate active living (e.g. gardening, DIY), active travel (e.g. walking and cycling), active recreation (e.g. games, leisure activities, dance and play) and active sport (e.g. informal sports such as “back to” games, badminton, table tennis, walking football).
Using an app to help you manage your weight can provide daily support and motivation to keep you on track to your weight loss goal(s). There are many apps available, however we would recommend the NHS Active 10 mobile app.
Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners and you can also find other support apps through searching ORCHA , they have reviewed thousands of apps to help you find those that are best and the safest to use. Each app on their site has been evaluated against key criteria relating to clinical governance, data privacy and user experience.
Your chances of losing weight and keeping it off are much better if you and your family get support.
If you live in North East Lincolnshire and want support with your wellbeing we are here to help you make a change. Wellbeing Workers and Practitioners who offer one to one and group support are available in your community and will work with you to identify your needs and support you in setting wellbeing goals in your life.
You can call the team on 01472 325500.
- Active Forever – Wellbeing Programme will support you in your first steps to leading a more active and healthier lifestyle
- Public Health England Better Health campaign
- NHS Better Health campaign
Helpful links and useful websites
- Lincs Inspire – inspiring people to lead more active and healthy lives through a wide range of sporting, leisure, culture and learning
- British Dietetic Association – factsheets
- NHS Live Well
- NHS Change 4 Life
- NHS Choices – 12 week weight loss programme
- Healthy BMI weight calendar
- Calorie Checker
- 12 Tips to help you lose weight