Healthy eating (Asthma)

3) Weight loss and healthy eating tips

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If you are trying to achieve a healthy diet and gradual weight loss you may wish to try the following:

  • Try to include protein foods with two meals per day e.g. meat, fish, eggs, beans etc for muscle strength
  • Starchy carbohydrates should be included with all meals e.g. potatoes, bread, pasta, cereals, rice etc for energy
  • Limit high energy foods e.g. cakes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks, chips, fried foods, pies which are high in calories and don’t provide important nutrients
  • Include plenty of fruits and vegetables, ideally five portions daily. Good source of essential vitamins and minerals to support your immune system. Fresh, tinned, frozen all count.
  • Dairy foods e.g. cheese, yoghurt, milk, yoghurt are encouraged up to three times per day for bone health (which can be affected in asthma due to medications). Try to choose low fat options where possible as lower calorie also.
  • Drink plenty fluids to keep you hydrated


To lose weight you need to reduce or restrict the amount of calories in your diet and increase your exercise and activity level. You may need to eat a little more of some things and less of others