Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Red figures of man and woman balancing on either end of a scaleYour body needs energy to function properly. We get our energy (measured in kilojoules) from the foods and drinks we consume each day. But it’s easy to eat and drink too many kilojoules in a day and end up overweight. So, it’s important to get the energy balance right – to only take in as many kilojoules as you need. You can also help balance your energy requirements by doing more physical activity.

What you eat and drink is energy in. What you burn through body processes, general movement and physical activity is energy out

When thinking about managing your weight:

  • When energy in equals energy out, weight stays the same.
  • When energy in is greater than energy out, weight increases.
  • When energy in is less than energy out, weight decreases.

Many people gain weight over the course of their lives. As we get older, we tend to burn up less energy. But most of us don’t think to reduce the amount of foods and drinks we consume. So over time, month by month, year by year, we tend to put on weight.

If you are wondering how many kilojoules you should consume through what you eat, you can register with the Healthy Weight Guide and use the energy requirements calculator. There is also a planner that will help you plan and record what you eat and drink and how much physical activity you do. 

It’s a good idea to weigh yourself regularly and to think about losing weight if you have put on more than five per cent of your body weight over the last year and you are not underweight. However, it may not be a good idea to weigh yourself too often.

It is important to set a realistic weight loss goal. In the set goals section of this website you will find some useful tips and ideas to help you decide on your goals and how you will achieve them. You can then download the goal setting form to help you set your goals. Alternatively, if you register with the Healthy Weight Guide website you can set and keep track of your goals in the My Goals section in My Dashboard.

For more information on how much to eat each day, you can visit Eat for Health



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