Being overweight can put your health at risk. Losing even a small amount of weight can make a big difference.
Evidence shows that the best way to lose weight is to make long term changes to diet and physical activity that result in a steady rate of weight loss.
Every little bit counts. Losing just 5% -10% of your weight (about 5kg-10kg or 11lbs-22lbs) can help you:
- Feel less tired
- Increase your energy levels
- Move about more easily
- Reduce breathlessness
- Reduce back and joint pain
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, stroke and some cancers
You can maintain a healthy weight by balancing 'calories in' (from food and drink) and 'calories out' (from being physically active). For information about local organisations and support available to help you lose weight go to the WISH service directory to search for details.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood and is vital for normal functioning of the body. However having a high level of cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk of serious health conditions. Factors that can increase your chances of serious health conditions if you have high cholesterol include:
- An unhealthy diet
- Having diabetes or high blood pressure
- Family history of stroke or heart disease
You can find out more about high cholesterol and how to prevent it at NHS Choices.