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Mother and son with vegetablesEstablishing healthy meal habits is essential if you want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

It is important to remember to:

But it isn’t always easy to develop healthy eating habits. The Eat Well section includes tips and tools to make it easier for you.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is all about getting your energy balance right while maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet – and, of course, being physically active. The eating plan you decide to follow will depend on your lifestyle, your current eating habits and, in the end, your taste in food. A diet is unlikely to work long term if it requires you to eat and drink things that you don’t like, are not readily available or are expensive.

Be prepared to try new things – some will work, some won’t. But if you can develop, over time, a healthy food and drink plan that includes lots of the foods you like, you’ll find it easier to stick to. And once you start to lose some weight and/or feel better, you’ll be more motivated to keep going. When you’ve developed healthy eating habits, stick with them, and get back on track quickly after the occasional splurge.

Using a meal planner to plan and record what you eat and drink is a great way to monitor your eating habits. Planning ahead allows you to buy the ingredients you need to make healthy meals. It also means you’re likely to make healthier food and drink choices.

You can download and print off the meal planner to carry it around with you or leave it on the fridge. Or, if you register with the Healthy Weight Guide website, you can record your plans and come back to update them online as often as you like. 

You might like to look over your meal plan at the end of each week to see how you went. Ask yourself what worked well? What could do with some improvement next week? If there were any particular problems, is there something you could do that would help next time? Maybe you could try getting some support or adjusting your goals to make them more manageable or more challenging, depending on your progress.

If the week didn’t go that well, don’t give up. Everyone has times that they feel less motivated. There’s no need to feel guilty – just start planning for next week. 

The Healthy Weight Guide also has a calculator to help you find out your daily energy requirements and the number of serves of each of the food groups you should consume. This information will help you to plan your meals. This handy tool can be found in the registered area.

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