7 simple ways to lose weight according to NHS experts

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People everywhere fight battles against their weight and the list of diets available to “help” is almost endless.

Different dieters want different things.

There are those who are less focused on losing weight but hoping to build muscle and those who want drop a few dress sizes.

With these different goals comes a lot of differing information, meaning when you are looking for the diet to choose, it is often hard to see what the next step is.

So rather than pick up the latest diet fad, lets have a look at what NHS experts have to say, courtesy of our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo.

NHS experts have some tips on how you can lose weight
NHS experts have some tips on how you can lose weight

1. Drink more water and less alcohol

Many people think they are hungry when they are just thirsty, so drinking more water throughout the day can help you stop eating extra calories.

Alcohol also contains more calories than people realise.

Two glasses of wine add up to about the same amount of calories as a burger, and to burn it off you would need to run for half an hour.

2. Eat these high-fibre foods

The NHS have got some tips on how to lose weight
The NHS have got some tips on how to lose weight

Try to eat more high-fibre foods, as they help you to stay feeling full.

You can find fibre in fruit and veg, wholegrain bread, pasta, brown rice, beans, peas, lentils and oats.

3. Do not ban any foods

Some diets advise banning certain foods altogether, but experts warn against this.

The NHS Choices website says: “Don’t ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you crave them more.

“There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.”

4. Add more fruit and veg into your day

This sounds obvious but it is essential for both cutting calories and staying healthy.

Fruit and veg are not only low in calories and fat, but also high in fibre-both of which are vital to losing weight.

You could try adding a chopped banana or handful of berries to your cereal or yoghurt, have grilled or fried mushrooms or tomatoes with your eggs or have an unsweetened 100 per cent fruit smoothie.

For lunch you could add lettuce, tomato or cucumber to your sandwiches, and have cucumber, pepper or carrot sticks with a dip or fruit for a snack.

For tea, you could try to add salad, peas, carrots, broccoli or a corn on the cob to your plate.

5. Eat regularly to stop snacking

The NHS says to try and find a way to get exercise into your daily routine
The NHS says to try and find a way to get exercise into your daily routine

Health experts say eating at regular times actually helps you burn calories at a faster rate.

It also makes you less likely to snack and cave in to a chocolate bar.

You could also try to plan your meals for a week or have a weekly shopping list, so you do not end up tempted or forced to buy unhealthy snacks or meals.

6. Find a simple way of doing more exercise

Being active is key to losing weight and not putting it back on, burning off calories you cannot cut through your diet alone.

Tips include setting a time in the week and sticking to it, doing something like swimming or sports in the park with your child if you are a busy mum or dad, or taking up running, walking or cycling to work.

7. Learn to read food labels

Most products now have food labels showing how many calories, fats and other ingredients they contain.

Cutting down on high-calorie and other unhealthy products can really help.

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