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.

Our weight management service offers a programme designed to suit your lifestyle and needs. Losing weight is about more than simply looking good or focusing on a number on the scales. It is about gaining more confidence, feeling healthier and happier, de-stressing and re-energising your life.

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.

The Northamptonshire Weight Management service is able to offer referrals via Slimming World, Northampton Town Football Club or access to a digital service delivered by Solutions for Health. Please note that virtual support may require participants to download an App to their phones.

Eligibility criteria

We do have some eligibility criteria to help us support people in the right way. You must:

  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or above
  • live within Northamptonshire
  • not be pregnant
  • be 18 years of age
  • be ready and motivated to lose weight
  • not have been a paying member of a weight management service in the last 3 months

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, the provider can decline your application.

Slimming World

Slimming World offer fully funded referrals, for 12 consecutive weeks, with the Consultant of your choice at one of our many local venues.

You'll find:

  • You can eat lots of normal, everyday food with no worries about weighing or measuring – and you'll never have to go hungry
  • There'll be no embarrassing revelations about how much you weigh or anything else – your weight is never disclosed
  • A friendly and highly trained Consultant to run your group who will guide and support you during your referral
  • There are no strangers – only friends you haven't met before – all with the same hopes and dreams and all ready to help you fulfil yours

Telephone: 01773 309252 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6:30pm)

Northampton Town Football Club

12 weekly sessions at your local football club where you can meet other football fans on the same journey as you. Learn how to make better choices to improve your lifestyle and health and take part in physical activity sessions.

Contact: Akshay Mistry
Telephone: 07876 355107

ShapeUp4Life Digital provider

ShapeUp4Life is available as a mobile app and online virtual classes. Learn about making healthier food choices, getting more active, managing triggers and more in our comprehensive 12-week programme. You'll see your amazing weight loss journey on your very own personalised dashboard, set yourself goals and share ideas from other successful ShapeUp4Life members.

The ShapeUp4Life plan comes with unlimited access to our free recipes and snack ideas. Developed by our expert nutritionists and the NHS these healthy foods contain a balanced mix of nutrients helping you to eat well and enjoy your meals.

Download ShapeUp4Life for iOS.

Download ShareUp4Life for Android.

If you have any problems contacting your provider, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing    northantswm.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk and we will contact your provider.

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.

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