Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It can be simple, too. Just follow these eight tips to get started.
The two keys to a healthy diet are:
- Eat the right number 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 too little you’ll lose weight. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day. The average woman needs 2,000 calories. Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories. For teenagers (11-14 yrs) it is slightly lower, with boys needing 2,220 and girls 1,845 calories per day.
- 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.
Try to follow these eight simple guidelines:
- Base your meals on starchy foods
- Eat lots of fruit and veg
- Eat more fish
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Eat less salt
- Get active and be a healthy weight
- Don’t get thirsty
- Don’t skip breakfast
More information is available at the NHS Live Well Hub