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Your Healthy Weight
Food gives us calories, which the body turns into energy. This is used up by physical activity. If we eat more calories than we burn off we will put on weight. It isn't healthy to be either overweight or underweight. Not eating enough food means your body won't be getting all the nutrients it needs. If you become overweight you are more likely to suffer from problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. To lose weight you need to combine exercise with a lower calorie diet.
Calorie Cutters
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  • Fill up on bread, pasta, potatoes and fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat less fatty foods.
  • Don't add sugar to food or drinks.
  • Avoid sweet, fatty foods such as cakes, biscuits, puddings and chocolate.
  • Cut down on alcohol and soft drinks as both contain a lot of calories. Drink fruit juices instead.
Easy ways to exercise more
  • Walk more - it's the cheapest, easiest form of exercise there is.
  • Try walking to the shops or train station instead of using the car.
  • Go for a brisk 15-minute walk in your lunch hour.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Make exercise fun for all the family by making Sundays 'park day' or going swimming together on a Saturday morning.
  • Try to do more activities around the home and garden.
  • Start an exercise class with a friend - that way you can encourage each other to go!
Water of Life
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One easy step to improving your overall health is to drink more water - none of us get enough. We should all drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Even mild dehydration caused by not drinking for a few hours can make our energy levels drop by as much as 20%, and is the cause of many headaches. If you work in an office, air conditioning and central heating can cause you to lose water - keep
a filled jug on your desk and drink regularly throughout the day. Soft drinks, coffee and tea all dehydrate the body, so drink a glass of water every time you have one of these to help combat this effect. Eat your Water ! The American Dietetic Association found that if you eat enough watery fruits and vegetables such as melons, oranges, cucumber and lettuce, it can be equivalent to two or three glasses of water. Consuming soup increases this amount by even more.
Tea
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Although tea contains caffeine, recent research has found that its health benefits may well outweigh any negative effects. Remember not to overdo it though! Two or three cups a day is about right.

3 reasons to drink Tea
  • It contains flavonoids - substances know to help protect against cancer.
  • Studies have found that people who drink one or more cups of tea a day are far less likely to suffer a heart attack.
  • Tea is a natural source of fluoride. Two and a half cups contain 1.3mg of this mineral, which is known to help prevent tooth decay and the build up of plaque.
Coffee
Coffee can boost energy levels temporarily. However, it is mildly addictive and drinking more than three cups a day can result in sleeplessness, irritability and raised blood pressure. But this doesn't mean you can't still enjoy one or two cups a day. In fact research has shown that regular coffee drinkers suffer from less asthma and wheezing.
Useful Tips
Eat your Water ! The American Dietetic Association found that if you eat enough watery fruits and vegetables such as melons, oranges, cucumber and lettuce, it can be equivalent to two or three glasses of water. Consuming soup increases this amount by even more


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