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EVERY DAY people are bombarded with the newest fad diets or the best workouts to burn calories. But if there's one thing that's sure to help you shift the pounds it's knowing exactly how many calories you need to be cutting out. 4 If you're looking to lose weight then calculating your BMI could be the key Credit: Getty - Contributor The NHS says that a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and over would put you in the overweight category. To bring that measure down, you need to lose weight so it's in a healthy range of 18.5 to 24.9. Losing weight involves many variables that can change from person to person, which means that everyone requires a different calorie intake.

The government has today revealed a new Better Health programme which aims to help Brits get in shape and lose weight. 4 The NHS BMI calculator asks for details such as your height and weight Credit: NHS England The new programme offers discounts on services such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World, as well as a 12-week NHS programme. But with all the will in the world - some of use struggle to lose weight more than others. This could be because you have incorrectly calculated the amount of calories you are allowed to consume in a day. BMI calculators are a great tool and can help you find out how many calories you should consume each day.

The NHS offers a BMI calculator and asks a series of questions in order to determine how many calories you should be consuming each day. Click here for the NHS BMI calculator and check your body mass index (BMI) to find out if you're a healthy weight 4 The calculator also asks about your activity levels Credit: NHS EnglanD The online tool asks you your weight and height, your age, your gender, your ethnic group and your activity levels. These are all key factors when it comes to your weight. Your activity level is an important factor as you will have a higher allowance if you are more active - as your body will need more calories to function. This then determines where you sit on the BMI scale, if you are overweight and how many calories you should have a day to lose weight gradually and safely. For example, a 27-year-old woman who is around 5ft 6inches should weigh between 8st 3lb and 11st 2lbs and a healthy BMI would be around 18.3 to 24.9. 4 As well as the BMI calculator the NHS offers other tools for you to calculate your BMI Credit: NHS England Other calculators such as the National Institute of Health's NIH Body Weight Planner takes into account your daily activity level before asking whether you're planning to increase your exercise. Once you've popped in all your details the nifty tool offers three calculations. First of all it will tell you how many calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight, how much to reach your goal weight and how much you need to eat to maintain your goal weight. Another option is the Precision Nutrition Weight Loss calculator, which works a little differently. This one takes into account how your metabolism works by giving you the opportunity to "simulate" options. Here, you put in your goal weight and how long you want to give yourself to reach it and then there's a separate lifestyle change tab so you can get down to the nitty gritty. Most read in Health News HORROR PLUNGE Toddler rushed to hospital after falling from apartment block onto busy road Exclusive WRONG MOVE Harry and Meghan told to 'stop whining, there is a pandemic' by Thomas Markle KICKED IN THE BALEARICS Brits told NOT to travel to Majorca, Ibiza & Canaries in Gov U-turn COSTA BRAVO Quarantine to be cut to 10 days for Brits arriving from Spain under Gov plans Exclusive 'HEART OF GOLD' Tributes to plumber, 34, battered by mob with bats & run over at London pub EL TO PAY! Brits lose thousands as holiday chaos ruins summer for millions Once you've done the maths then you can start working out what you can eat. Remember, you definitely shouldn't ditch carbs or do anything extreme, but cutting down on processed starchy carbs can be a good idea. And if you are looking to lose weight but want to feel full after a meal, then there are good alternatives out there. It's not necessary to weigh out your food, but just getting an eye for portion control can help to work out how much energy you're consuming. Boris Johnson is leading a campaign to urge Britons to lose weight and improve their health. Here are some of the key questions around the issue: – OK, I know I'm looking a bit chunky. How do I work out how much I need to lose? The NHS website has a body mass index (BMI) calculator which tells you the healthy weight range for your height. You simply input your age, ethnicity, weight and height and it calculates how much you need to lose to reach the healthy weight range. Experts agree that while BMI is not a flawless way of calculating obesity, it is a pretty good indicator and more reliable than dress size. You can find the NHS BMI calculator at: www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ – So do I need a strict diet? Diet and exercise are both important (Ben Birchall/PA) Experts agree that a combination of diet and exercise is usually needed to help people shed the pounds. But the saying "you cannot outrun a bad diet" is generally true and significant changes need to be made if you eat too much junk food or unhealthy snacks. Your GP can help you find the solution that will work best for you. Many people have success with traditional slimming clubs, and there are a wealth of online resources and apps to help you on your way. If you're overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. – What are the health benefits of losing weight? Losing weight can have huge health benefits (Gareth Fuller/PA) The health benefits of losing weight can be enormous. Most people get health benefits from losing even a small amount (about 5%) of their weight if they keep it off. In some cases, people with type 2 diabetes – which is heavily linked to obesity – have reversed their condition through losing weight. Losing weight can stabilise your blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer, and can improve mobility and decrease joint pain. – What about the benefits to the NHS? DETAILS on our strategy: — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 27, 2020 Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said if everyone who is overweight lost 5lb, it would save the NHS £100 million. Diabetes alone costs the NHS £10 billion each year.