HEALTHY LIVING

These eight practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices.

The key to a healthy diet is to:

  • Eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.

It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.

Eight practical tips

  • Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg
  • Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
  • Get active and be a healthy weight
  • Don’t get thirsty
  • Don’t skip breakfast

Read more on the NHS Choices website Click here