Maintaining a healthy weight isn’t just about eating a balanced diet — the size of your portions also plays a role.
According to the UK’s National Health Service, women should consume around 2,000 calories a day and men 2,500 calories to get the energy they need, but this may vary depending on your age and how active you are.
Too many calories may lead to weight gain, so to maintain a healthy diet and weight, a person should aim to get their daily calorie intake from portions from each food group. This means:
It's not always easy to know what a portion looks like in real-life. It's also not always practical to weigh out the portion sizes listed on food labels. The "hand rule" is a quick way to judge if your portion sizes are right. It works like this:
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A healthy, balanced diet means eating the right types of food, and also making sure you’re getting the right amounts.
Paul McArdle, dietitian