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Sneakers on mat at front doorEstablishing healthy habits is the key to being a healthy weight. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is, after all, a long-term process. It’s about changing what you eat and drink, and how active you are for the rest of your life. 

That probably sounds scary. But if you take a long-term view, it is possible for most people.

To establish healthy habits, change a few small things at a time, build on those changes and keep at it. You might find it helpful to use triggers to help you to be healthier, such as keeping your walking shoes and healthy foods handy. The little things we have to think about and plan to begin with, can become automatic healthy habits eventually. 

Even if you don’t reach a healthy weight, there are major benefits from losing excess weight, increasing your weight if you are underweight, eating well and being more active.

Start small and you’ll find that you can replace unhealthy habits with healthier ones – for example, eating reduced-fat dairy products instead of full-fat ones, wholegrain instead of white bread, and steamed vegetables instead of fried; drinking water instead of drinks with added sugar; taking the stairs instead of the lift and hanging out the washing instead of using the dryer.

Together, lots of small changes can make a big difference.

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