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Maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight

As well as getting active, thinking about what you are eating and making a change to a healthier diet can also make a big difference to your wellbeing. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Top tips include:

  • Get more higher fibre starchy carbohydrates into your diet. This includes wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.

  • Eat lots of fruit and veg – aim to eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced.

  • Eat more fish: including a portion of oily fish like salmon and sardines

  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar: Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.

  • Cut down on the amount of salt you eat: no more than 6g a day for adults – that’s around 1 teaspoon. This can be hard when a lot of salt is hidden in processed foods. Try to check the amount on the packaging.

  • Drink plenty of water: Cut down on the amount of sugary, fizzy drinks and caffeine

The Eatwell Guide from the NHS has useful information on achieving a healthy balanced diet. The website includes lots of recipes and food tips.

If you are on a tight budget, there are still easy ways to eat healthily:

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