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Following a healthy and nutritious diet can be easier than you think, even if you are on a budget. It is worth knowing what to include in your diet, and in what proportions, to make a healthy plate of food. Eating well also helps in the fight against other disease including type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Eating well means eating the right amount of calories for how active your lifestyle is. Many of us eat too much and don’t burn off the amount that we do with activity. To maintain a healthy body weight, men should eat around 2,500 calories a day and women need around 2,000 calories a day. The BMI calculator will let you know if you are a healthy weight and offer you practical advice depending on your result.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know how many calories are in your food, but NHS Choices have done the hard work for you! You can use their online calorie checker to check the amount of calories in lots of different food and drinks.
There are lots of free online resources and apps that can help you eat well, including recipe tips and help in tracking the amount of calories you are taking in:
- NHS Choices, eat well microsite
- Change4Life website
- Sugar Smart app
- My Fitness Pal app
- NHS Choices resources for weight loss
- Diabetes UK
- Be Food Smart app
Use the eat well guide to help you get a balance of healthier and more sustainable food. It shows the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a healthy, balanced diet.