What can I expect from this service?
We offer free a local and virtual 1:1 programme offering up to a maximum of 6 sessions, or 3 months support (whichever comes first). Due to new Covid-19 regulations, our sessions aren't currently being run in the usual community based rooms and public spaces, but have changed to either online or telephone clinics, so are even easier to access than before!
You will get access to your own qualified Lifestyle Coach, offering a friendly, non-judgemental evidenced based one-to-one programme designed to help support you make the lifestyle changes you need. They'll offer behavioural change support in not only healthy eating, but also self-esteem, increasing physical activity and referring or signposting you to other appropriate services where needed.
After completing your Health Plan we will follow up your progress with a telephone call after 6 and 12 months to ascertain your current lifestyle changes and offer additional support if needed.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to count calories to lose weight?
No, some people find it useful but looking at portion sizes works just as well.
I don't like the gym; what else can I do to lose weight?
Try walking a bit more, it's free and easy to fit into a busy day - aim for 10,000 steps!
If I skip breakfast will it help me to lose weight?
No, the evidence is that people who eat breakfast weigh less. It kick starts your metabolism and reduces the urge to over eat later in the day.
Should I buy 'diet' products?
Always check the label! Some low fat products are very high in sugar.
How many calories do I need to burn to lose a pound of fat?
About 3500. A reduction of 500 calories a day can help you lose 1lb a week.
I have a disability so can't exercise, what can I do to lose weight?
Any activity that increases your heart rate counts as physical activity. There may be seated exercises that you can do.
Sign up for a FREE weight loss course
Essex Wellbeing Service is currently offering a broad variety of free weight loss courses across Essex. Delivered in a range of formats, you have the ability to lose weight, your way. If you’re ready to lose weight and start living a happier and healthier life, click below.
Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone about any of our services, or would like assistance taking the assessment online please contact us on 0300 303 9988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to one of our friendly team members.
Pros of eating healthy
Reduced health risks
Improves mental wellbeing