The Healthy Food Guide team believe that making small diet and lifestyle changes brings the best long-term gains. We look at the science behind the headlines and promote a balanced way of eating.

Find out how our inspirational weight-loss star lost over three stone…


My diet wake-up call
My family and I moved to Devon in 2013, hoping to lead a more active lifestyle. But things didn’t turn out as planned – I didn’t know anyone in our new town and got stuck in a rut eating unhealthy foods. I became depressed and felt unattractive, so decided to find a new focus.

What worked for me
I joined a local gym and group fitness programme, and also started to look at the meals I was preparing, cutting out anything that wasn’t healthy. If I thought I was hungry between meals, I’d have a glass of water. If I was still hungry 10 minutes later, I’d eat a piece of fruit.

My weekly weigh-ins helped me towards my 10st target. Everyone in the group was so encouraging when I lost weight, and they’ve helped me to stay motivated to keep it off.

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My new routine
I didn’t like working out solo at the gym, so I began going to classes. Now I do body balance, thai chi, yoga and pilates, as well as the classes with my fitness group. I have so much more energy.

Food isn’t a means of comfort for me now. If I want a Cornish pasty, I‘ll have one – but I’ll compensate an occasional indulgence with healthy foods for the rest of the day.

My advice
Think about what you eat and try to change your view of food. Understand if something is high in fat or calories, and if you must have it, eat a small portion and make up the rest with something fresh and healthy. And, of course, be more active.

*Weight-loss results will vary and are down to your individual circumstances and the amount of weight you have to lose.