Losing weight involves making permanent changes to what you eat and drink and increasing your level of activity. To be able to do this you may need help and support from friends and family.
Losing weight takes time; remember that small changes can make a real difference.
Before starting to make changes to your diet, it is important to remember that the dietary changes you make should be realistic and manageable. Losing weight does not have to mean going on a strict diet. It is better to make small changes that you can maintain. Think about whether you could reduce your portions, improve your cooking methods ie using less oil or whether you could snack less.
Aim to lose 0.5-1kg (1-2lbs) per week. See our How to lose weight section for helpful tips.
In order to successfully lose and maintain weight loss, regular physical activity is vital. Recommendations suggest 30 minutes 5 times a week.
Try to increase your activity levels above what you currently do and gradually build on this. Your heart rate needs to be moderately raised for it to be beneficial to health. Remember if you are on Insulin or tablets and want to increase your activity levels, speak to your diabetes team first as you may need to adjust your treatment. For more advice see Sports, Exercise and Activity