In-depth advice

We know that there's lots more to healthy eating and weight loss than just portion control.


If you want to find out more detailed information about balanced diets, getting your five a day or meal planning then the sites below offer lots of helpful information and advice.

Sugar guidance

Latest guidance says that no more than five percent of your daily calories should be from added or 'free' sugars. Find out more attached to this page.

Change for Life have created a new iPhone app that lets you scan food and drink packaging to find out exactly how much sugar it contains (opens in a new window).

Live Life Better Derbyshire

You can get tailored weight management advice, help and support at Live Life Better Derbyshire (opens in a new window).

As well as weight management you can find out about stopping smoking and healthy lifestyles.

British Nutrition Foundation

The British Nutrition Foundation (opens in a new window) offers a wealth of advice on balanced diets, healthy eating and recipe ideas.

Five a day

We've all heard about making sure we get our five a day. But what does it really mean? Find out more about five a day (opens in a new window) on the Live Well pages.

You can create a five a day meal planner (opens in a new window) and shopping list online. It makes healthy eating simple, with ideas for meals, tasty recipes, cheaper options and top tips.

You can download a simple guide to getting your five a day attached to this page.

Balanced diets

When it comes to a healthy diet, balance is the key to getting it right.

This means eating a wide range of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

But what is a balanced diet? Do you actually know? Making sure your diet is balanced can seem like a real chore. However there is help out there.

The NHS Livewell web pages give simple advice and information about achieving a balanced diet (opens in a new window).

Our balanced diet information is attached to this page.

Eatwell guide

A new Public Health England Eatwell Guide highlights the different types of food and drink that make up our diet and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. The new guidance replaces the old Eatwell plate.

Learn more about balanced diets and the Eat Well campaign (opens in a new window).

NHS Choices

From food and diet to losing weight and healthy recipes the NHS Choices website has lots of advice and information about healthy eating (opens in a new window).

Calculate your BMI

If you want to get really technical you can calculate your Body Mass Index (opens in a new window) and get dieting advice at the NHS healthy weight calculator.

Low calorie snacks

Even if you're watching what you eat, you still deserve a little treat. Get some low calorie snack ideas (opens in a new window).

Making small changes to what you eat can make a big difference. Take a look at our suggested food swaps in the related documents section of this page. You can cut down on calories, salt and sugar but still enjoy tasty snacks.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)