The ‘science’ part – what goes in, tends to go on
Energy requirements can vary widely depending on age, gender, metabolism, activity levels, fitness level and lifestyle but, as a broad guideline, NHS Choices suggests a daily calorie intake of 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. As difficult as it can be in practice, it’s not rocket science and most of us realise that in order to lose weight, calorie consumption must decrease and physical activity must increase. Easier said than done, I hear you cry!
Leading a physically active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight can lower your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, as well as maintain mental wellbeing and help you to stay strong, supple and energetic. A poor diet with minimal fresh fruit and vegetables has also been strongly associated with an increased risk of developing numerous cancers, so give your body a boost with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, for more information and tips on how to fit in your five-a-day, download and print the British Dietetic Association’s Food Fact Sheet.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any health conditions, always seek advice from your GP or a dietitian prior to embarking on any weight loss programme.
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