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What are some of the fundamentals of the NHS diet plan?

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The National Health Service diet plan promotes safe rather than rapid weight loss. Information is delivered in the form of online tools, apps and documents giving participants advice on healthy eating habits and physical activities.

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The National Health Service provides a 12-week diet and exercise plan for safe weight loss, developed in conjunction with the British Dietetic Association. It is intended for healthy adults with a body mass index of 25 and above. The NHS provides a free body mass index calculator on its website to assist people in determining if the plan is suitable for them.

The 12-week plan encourages safe and sustainable weight loss as well as healthier food choices, supplemented by a weekly progress chart, exercise plans and an online support community. Delivered through 12 weekly information packs, it is designed for participants to lose weight at the safe rate of 0.5 kilogram to 1 kilogram per week through a daily calorie limit. This calorie limit is set at approximately 1,900 kilocalories for men and 1,400 kilocalories for women. Those who find this limit difficult can also use the NHS body mass index calculator to determine their own personal calorie limit.

Some of the diet tips included in the NHS plan are: eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting more active, drinking more water, eating high-fibre foods, using a smaller plate to encourage smaller food portions, cutting down on alcohol and avoiding stocking junk food.

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