The 12 NHS weight loss tips which can help you shed body fat safely

Knowing how to go about weight loss can be very difficult.

With so much information out there it can be confusing to know where to start.

But if you are wanting to shed body fat it is important to go about it safely,

There are an endless amount of diets out there which claim to help you lose weight fast.

But sometimes the science behind these diets is questionable, and some may even put your health at risk.

Here the NHS have shared 12 tips to help you lose weight safely.

These are perfect to use alongside the free 12 week diet and exercise plan .

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It’s important to lose weight safely

How to lose weight:

1. Don’t skip breakfast

Skipping breakfast means you’ll be missing out on important nutrients, and could leave you hungry and snacking throughout the day.

2. Eat regular meals

Eating regularly helps you burn more calories throughout the day, and you won’t be as tempted to snack on fatty and sugary foods.

3. Eat plenty of fruit and veg

Fruit and vegetables are high in fibre, low in calories and fat, and contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.

4. Get more active

Keeping active is essential to losing weight and keeping it off, as you will burn off excess calories.

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These 12 NHS tips can help you lose weight

5. Drink plenty of water

Sometimes you could think you’re hungry, but you are actually thirsty.

6. Eat high-fibre foods

Eating foods which are high in fibre can help you feel full. Eat fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice, pasta, beans, peas and lentils.

7. Read food labels

Get used to working out the calories in a food item and see if it fits into your daily calorie allowance.

8. Use a smaller plate

Using a smaller plate can help you eat smaller portions. Keep in mind it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full.

Eat slowly and stop eating before you feel completely full.

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Fad diets are often questionable

9. Don’t ban foods

If you ban foods, especially the ones you like, it will only make you crave them more.

Keep them as an occasional treat.

10. Don’t stock junk food

Avoid temptation by not stocking the cupboards with crisps, chocolate, biscuits and sweet fizzy drinks.

Keep the cupboard stocked with fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn and fruit juice.

11. Cut down on alcohol

Alcohol is full of calories, so having a glass of wine everyday can add up.

12. Plan your meals

Plan out your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the week.

This will make it easier to stick to your calorie allowance.