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Losing weight

It can be a struggle to maintain a healthy weight at any age but as you get older, changes to your body and lifestyle can make it even harder.

This month, we look at how to maintain a healthy weight as you get older. If you could do with losing a few pounds, we also have advice on how to lose weight the healthy way!

First off, check out our Workout at Work programme for some ideas to burn extra calories during your working day.

Healthy weight...

Keeping to a healthy weight can reduce your likelihood of developing various health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. There are a couple of things you can do straight away to find out whether you’re currently a healthy weight. All you need are some scales and a tape measure.

Weight loss tips

Losing weight...

There’s no easy fix – if you want to lose weight, you’ll need to take a two-pronged attack of reducing the amount you eat with doing more exercise. Our guide will help you put your plan into action.

The best way to lose weight is to improve both your diet and the amount of exercise that you do. If you’re overweight and want to shift some excess pounds, it's easy to fall into the trap of extreme dieting or exercise to lose weight. But this can be really bad for your health. What's important is to set yourself some realistic, achievable targets.

This guide explains what you need to do and has some tips to help you put your plan into action – and stick to it.

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Healthy diet for life...

Whether you’re overweight, underweight or a healthy weight, it’s important to make sure you’re following healthy eating habits. This is especially important as you get older and your body’s needs change.

Make sure you’re eating the right proportion of foods from the Eatwell guide.

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