How many Calories do I need?

To understand how many calories per day you should consume to lose weight we have to understand that food gives us the energy (calories) to go about our daily lives. If we consume more calories than what our bodies burn up in a day we gain weight (usually fat!), if we eat the same we maintain our weight, and if we eat less calories than what our bodies use than we lose weight.

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Here are some healthy eating tips for maintaining a healthy weight:
• Eat breakfast and don’t skip meals
• eat a wide variety of foods each day
• keep ‘extra’ foods, such as biscuits, cakes, chocolate and chips to a minimum
• Reduce the amount of fat you eat
• limit saturated fat – saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature and are the main fats in milk, cream, butter, cheese and some meats
• choose reduced fat dairy products
• limit the amount of ‘take away’ food
• select lean meat and remove visible fat before cooking
• choose low fat cooking methods, for example – stir fry, grill, microwave, non stick cooking pans
• Eat more low calorie foods such as wholegrain, fruits and vegetables
• 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day
• Drink more water – instead of soft drink and fruit juice
• limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink it
• Read food labels – especially for fat, sugar and energy (kilojoules/calorie) levels
• Eat smaller portions,
• eat slowly,
• don’t fill your plate,
• try a smaller plate, and
• don’t feel that you need to finish every meal.
Foods to Avoid

• Sugar and sugary products
• Too much fats (particularly saturated fats)
• White Flour
• Large amounts of Salt
• Certain Nuts (not all nuts) Almonds Brazil are good choices
• Chips
• Biscuits
• Chocolate
• Alcohol (in large amounts)

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