Weight management refers to the process of considering your weight alongside your health and wellbeing and can involve aiming for weight maintenance or weight loss.

You are more likely to achieve a healthier weight by avoiding restrictive dieting and following a varied, balanced and regular meal pattern, with regular activity that you enjoy.

Find out if you are a healthy weight by using this NHS BMI calculator.

To help you check if you are losing too much weight and are at risk of becoming malnourished, BAPEN has developed a simple screening tool you can use along with advice to follow if you are at risk of becoming malnourished.

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Would you like to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off for good?

Here are some tips to get started and a range of information and tools that may help.

  • Eating slowly – you may have heard that it takes around 20 minutes to start to feel full. Allowing your body time to feel full may mean you have less at meal times.
  • Aim to eat every 3-4 hours – Having regular balanced meals and snacks can help prevent cravings.
  • Try using a smaller plate and bowl – Crockery has gradually increased in size over time. Choosing smaller plates and bowls can help you reduce your portions
  • Avoid shopping on an empty stomach – When we feel ‘over-hungry’, we often crave foods that are high in fats in sugars. Shopping when feeling satisfied can often help people stick to their shopping list.
  • Try not to eat on the go – If we eat while doing other things our body doesn’t register we’ve eaten the food.
  • Stay hydrated – It is common to feel hungry when you may in fact be thirsty. Drinking throughout the day can prevent cravings for food when we are not hungry.
  • Keep a food diary – It is normal to eat without realising it, and normal to eat for reasons other than hunger. Keeping a detailed diary of what you eat and any feelings and emotions you felt can help you learn about your own eating habits.
  • Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables or salad – Veg is low in calories and high in fibre to help prevent you feeling hungry.

Mobile Apps

Easy Meals

Available of the NHS website, it has been developed by Public Health England. Provides easy meal ideas to help you cook and eat more healthily. Better Health – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Change4Life Food Scanner

Allows you to scan food labels in supermarkets, giving you more information into the different nutrients in your food. Food Facts | Kids Eating Too Much | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)

Calorie Counter +

Calorie counter of UK foods that can scan barcodes, track nutrients and link to your activity tracker.

Calorie checker – NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Meal tracking app, includes calorie and nutrient tracker, food diary, barcode scanner and more. MyFitnessPal | MyFitnessPal.com

Carbs & Cals: Diet & Diabetes

Visual carbs and calorie counter. Contains food photos to help you get your portion sizes right. Carbs & Cals | Dieting & Calorie Counting Books & App (carbsandcals.com)

Change4Life Smart Recipes

Contains over 160 easy, calorie-counted recipes with easy instructions that can feed a family of 4 for around £5. Healthy Recipes | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)


Useful healthy eating information:

Healthy recipe ideas:

Portion size guidance:

Advice on losing weight:

To find out more information about Foodwise for Life or Slimming World on Referral – Contact the Healthy Weight Gwent Team by emailing us at:

Contact us if you are interested in delivering Foodwise for Life sessions or if you would like more information on supporting people to change and Making Every Contact Count.

Find out more about the ABUHB weight management service visit: