The NHS Eatwell Guide shows how much of each food group we should eat for a balanced diet. This includes a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables, protein (e.g. fish, meat, beans), carbohydrate (e.g. rice, pasta, bread), dairy or dairy alternatives, healthy fats (e.g. olive oil) and fluids (e.g. water).
What are the benefits of exercise?
We recommend either:
There are different types of activity which can suit anyone – from working parents to older adults (over 65 years) and children. The amount of activity you need to do each week depends on your age.
Some tips to get active and stay active:
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will identify whether you are overweight or obese. If your BMI is over 25 you are at risk of having:
You could also develop:
Your weight depends upon the balance between how much energy (calories) you take in (from food and drink) and how much energy you use in day-to-day living (including physical activity).
If you eat fewer calories than you use, you lose weight, as your body uses stored fat as energy instead. You can lose weight by changing your diet, increasing your activity levels, or both.
Other factors like genetics and other medical problems e.g. an underactive thyroid gland should be taken into account when trying to lose weight. Speak to your doctor or Advanced Nurse Practitioner for more advice.
There are many sources of publicly available information on managing your alcohol consumption. We recommend speaking to a GP or an ANP for advice on how to start.
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