Maintaining a healthy weight means balancing how many kJ you take in from food and drink against your individual daily needs.
How many kJ are right for you?
Remember your figure
What does this figure mean?
This figure shows you approximately how many kJ your body needs each day to maintain weight or get closer to your weight goal over a healthy period. Eat more than this without increasing your activity level on a regular basis and you would not get closer to your weight goal. You could even gain weight.
But everyone's body works differently, and this is just a starting point. A good guide to whether you are getting the ideal number of kJ is whether you are gaining or losing weight. We might have suggested a range of kJ above, and it might take some trial and error. If needed, adjust your kJ intake by 500 kJ a day for a few weeks then check against your goal. As your weight changes, re-calculate your ideal figure.
The good news is: small changes can make a big difference.
If you would like more information about healthy weight or you're concerned you may be under or over weight, the best thing is to: