Weight management

​Making small simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking, and how much you're moving can really help you feel great.

If you're overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. People who are overweight have higher risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, arthritis and back pain.

Being underweight isn't good for your health either. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, or you want to find out whether you are a healthy weight visit the Body Mass Index BMI on the NHS website.

How we can help

If you're struggling to achieve a healthy weight, Public Health Northamptonshire will fund a 12 week course to support you to reach your weight-loss goals.

If you have attended at least 9 of the 12 sessions offered to you by Northamptonshire Public Health, have lost at least 3% of excess weight and still have a BMI of above 28, then you may be eligible for a second round of sessions.  Please submit your application and the team will be in touch. 

The Northamptonshire Weight Management service is able to offer referrals via WW and Slimming World. Please note that virtual support may require participants to download an App to their phones.

Slimming World

For those people currently unable to visit venues, or those who simply prefer not to at this stage, Slimming World’s 12 week virtual referral will incorporate new member talks, new member packs sent by post and weekly virtual groups  with the consultant of your choice, via the 'Zoom' app, which last between 30 to 45 minutes. Referral members will be asked to submit their own weight to the Consultant weekly.

When Slimming World are able to resume ‘face to face’ groups safely, within Government guidelines, you will complete your referral at one of our many local venues.

WW (Weight Watchers)

WW will be offering face to face express check-in’s to have your weight recorded at a number of venues across the County, and participants joining the scheme must be prepared to visit a venue on a weekly basis. WW staff will be suitably dressed in PPE and social distancing rules must be adhered to. 

Clients may also be politely asked to wear a face covering for the brief duration of their weigh-in visit. Meeting talks will then be held virtually. See where WW express weigh-in’s are currently taking place.

Northampton Town FC

Northampton Town Football Club’s Community Trust is resuming their free health programme, Fit Cobblers in October. The course lasts for 12 weeks, and is open to men aged 35 to 65 who are looking to lose weight and get more active. Please read through the full details related to this course by visiting the Northampton Town Football Club Fitter Fans page.

Due to Covid-19, the course will be taking a maximum of 15 people to ensure that all social distancing requirements can be met.

  Check your eligibility and apply

Top tips to help you lose weight

  1. Don't skip breakfast

  2. Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.

  3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

  4. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre - 3 essential ingredients for successful weight loss.

  5. Get more active

  6. As well as providing numerous health benefits, exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can't cut through diet alone. Find out more about getting active.

  7. Drink plenty of water

  8. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.

  9. Cut down on alcohol

  10. A standard glass of wine can contain as man calories as a piece of chocolate. Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain. Find out more about the calories in alcohol.

Concerned about your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes?

You can check out your risk and access a range of support services on the NHS website:

The National Diabetes Prevention Programme operates in Northamptonshire, and your GP can refer you to the programme if they feel it is appropriate for you.

Other support available

Download the free 12 week diet and exercise plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely and keep it off.

Finding it hard to stay motivated? Why not sign up for a weekly email from the NHS for 12 weeks to keep you on track.

Related pages