Losing Weight

Healthy eating is essential for good health and wellbeing, and contributes to reducing the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis. Ultimately, healthy eating helps you to feel great, have more energy and stabilises your mood. It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day and women should have around 2,000 calories a day. 

How we can help for Eating Healthily

Our Live Well Stay Well Coaches will work with you on a one-to-one basis, setting specific goals that are unique to you and your lifestyle.  They will provide you with simple and understandable advice to make small changes that deliver big results and help you to set goals. Based on your discussion, they will also be able to signpost and refer you on to local services and opportunities you are eligible for that will help you to manage your weight.

We may be more likely to make unhealthy choices about our diet  when we are feeling stressed, worried or down. If you think that there is a link between your diet and how you are feeling help is available throughout Buckinghamshire from Healthy Minds

Am I a healthy weight?

Everyone can benefit from eating well and maintaining a healthy weight, but how do we know what a healthy weight is? We use a measurement called Body Mass Index (BMI) to work out which of the four categories we fit into. After checking your BMI it is also important to take a note of your waist size. Your shape, as much as your weight, can affect your health. The worst place to carry fat is around your stomach as carrying fat here can increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. You can work out your element of risk by simply measuring your waist. This is something your Live Well Stay Well Coach can help you to monitor!

Our top tips for Eating Healthily

  • Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Choosing wholegrain versions where possible
  • Include some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)  and choose low fat and low sugar options
  • Eat some beans, pulses, fish or meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily
  • Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat small amounts
  • Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day

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