Maintaining a healthy weight

Gaining a little weight at certain times of the year is normal. But eating a little bit too much, and not doing enough activity, can all add up over time and cause real problems.

Managing Weight
Becky is concerned about being overweight, one of the main risk factors for heart disease.
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Tips for maintaining a healthy weight

  1. Stick to a regular meal pattern.
  2. Make sure your portion sizes aren’t too big.
  3. Take care that your calorie (energy) intake is right - keep an eye on the amount of fat and sugar you eat.
  4. Follow a healthy balanced diet.
  5. Be physically active.


Why do we gain weight?

Man with scales - British Heart FoundationIf you take in more energy (calories) than your body uses up, you will gain weight. The extra calories that you’ve consumed will be stored as fat which results in weight gain. If you’re not physically active, you’re even more likely to gain weight.

You can check your body mass index with our BMI calculator.

If you're looking to make sure you maintain a healthy weight, it's important to be alert to the things you may be doing which might result in eventual weight gain.

Our special diet plates - which come in versions for both men and women - make it easy for you to control your portion sizes and make better food choices, supporting a healthy heart and guilt-free meal times.