Adults are consuming on average 200-300 extra calories per day. This ‘calorie creep’ contributes to two thirds of adults being overweight or obese. Treating obesity costs the NHS more than £6bn every year and cuts life expectancy by an average of three years.
The 400-600-600* rule of thumb can help you keep track of how many calories you eat in a day.
Aim for around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 for dinner – leaving room for a couple of healthier snacks and drinks.
This should all add up to around 2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 for men, in line with the Eatwell Guide.
What's all the fuss about calories?
The energy found in food and drink is measured as calories. If we consume more calories than we burn off, our bodies store any extra as fat. Over time this could mean we put on weight.
Following a healthy diet keeps a balance between the energy you put in and the energy you use.
For further information please visit the One You website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better/keep-track-of-calories-400-600-600/
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