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Health Advice - Commonly Asked Questions

1. How much weight should I lose?

Realistic targets for weight loss:

  • Maximum weekly weight loss of 0.5-1kg

  • Aim to lose 5-10% of original weight

2. What exercise should I do?

Adults should:

  • Do at least 30 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity on 5 or more days a week, in one session or several shorter ones lasting 10 minutes or more

  • Reduce the time they spend inactive, such as watching television or using a computer

Recommended types of physical activity include:

  • Activities that can be incorporated into everyday life, such as brisk walking, gardening or cycling

  • Supervised exercise programmes

  • Other activities, such as swimming, walking a certain number of steps each day, or stair climbing

3. Can I have tablets to help me lose weight?

Yes. If your BMI is over 30, or over 28 and your weight is causing health problems. Tablets are used together with healthy eating and exercise. See your doctor to discuss this further.

4. Can I have weight loss surgery on the NHS?

Yes, in special circumstances. Usually only if your BMI is over 45 and all other measures have failed. See your doctor to discuss this further.

5. Is alcohol fattening?

Yes. Go here to see the calorie content for different kinds of alcohol.