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If you've decided that you want to try and lose weight, you might have a few questions you want to ask. Our 'lose weight' FAQs are designed to help answer those questions, so that you can start your journey to a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer waistline with the confidence you need. If you can't find the question or answer you are looking for here, then feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. They are here to help you lose weight!

  • Posted Dec 15, 2022

    How to develop healthy eating habits

    By LiveWell Dorset

    At one stage or another, the majority of us will have fallen into unhealthy eating habits - whether it’s comfort eating, ordering a takeaway because we’re too tired to cook, grabbing fast food on the go or just reaching for the biscuits because they’re there.

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  • Posted Nov 15, 2022

    How does food affect mental health

    By LiveWell Dorset

    We all know that a healthy, well-balanced diet has a positive impact on our physical health, but did you know that eating well can also improve your mental health?

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  • Posted Aug 16, 2022

    Top Tips to Lose Weight By Walking

    By LiveWell Dorset

    There are many health benefits to walking on a regular basis, including weight loss. It is also one of the most accessible and cost-effective forms of exercise out there.

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  • Posted Jul 26, 2022

    Weight loss support: who can help me lose weight?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    If you’re reading this you’re probably ready to make some significant lifestyle changes to lose weight…but where do you start?

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  • Posted Jun 15, 2022

    5 bad eating habits

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Are you trying to lose weight but not seeing the scales budge? It could be down to unhealthy eating habits - some of which you may not even e aware of. In this article, we’ll highlight five common bad eating habits that you should learn to break to keep you on track.

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  • Posted May 17, 2022

    Weight loss accountability partners - what are they and how can they help?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Looking to shed some pounds but struggling to find the motivation to be active and make healthier food choices? Maybe you need a weight loss accountability partner!

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  • Posted Mar 18, 2022

    How to stop comfort eating

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Do you find yourself reaching for snacks when you’re feeling anxious, stressed or bored? If your answer is yes, you may be an emotional eater - but you’re not the only one.

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  • Posted Jan 28, 2022

    Do you have to exercise to lose weight?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    You can lose weight by changing your eating habits and making healthier food choices, however, combining this with exercise can boost weight loss. Losing weight is all about burning more calories than you consume. Portion control, drinking less and eating healthier will likely lead to weight loss, but exercise is a great way to burn more calories and keep your body moving.

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  • Posted Jan 27, 2022

    How to eat well for less

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Low-calorie snacks, fruits and vegetables…the cost of healthy foods all adds up, right? Well, that’s what many of us are led to believe. Whilst some healthier food alternatives may cost more than tempting junk foods which are quick and easy to make, there are ways to eat well for less (which we’ll discuss in this article), plus, your body will thank you for it!

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  • Posted Oct 11, 2021

    Weight loss myths

    By LiveWell Dorset

    From skipping meals to hitting the gym harder than The Rock, there are many myths out there spreading misinformation about how to lose weight that you should be wary of.

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  • Posted Sep 28, 2021

    Do I need to lose weight?

    By LiveWell Dorset

    Wondering whether you need to lose weight? It can sometimes be difficult to understand what a “healthy body weight” is but it’s important to recognise when it’s time to make healthier changes to your lifestyle to prevent developing any health issues.

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  • Posted May 14, 2021

    Unhealthy ways to lose weight

    By LiveWell Dorset

    If you’re looking to lose weight, you may have already come across ‘fad diets’ which promise to help you shed pounds in just a couple of weeks, we’re here to highlight the weight loss methods that are bad for your health so you can lose weight safely and effectively.

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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