It is useful to know how many calories there are in foods which will help you to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. It can help you to keep an eye/keep track of the amount of energy we are eating and drinking, and making sure we are not consuming too much.
Most foods have a nutrition label stating calorie content, usually on the back or side of the packaging. Calorie information will come under ‘Energy’ and the calorie content is usually given in kcals, which is short for ‘kilocalories’, and also in kj, which is short for ‘kilojoules’. A ‘kilocalorie’ (kcal) is equivalent to 4.184 ‘kilojoules’ (kJ). A ‘kilocalorie’ is another word for ‘calorie’, so 1,000 calories will be written as 1,000kcals.
If you are planning on losing weight, it’s important to see your GP or practice nurse first for advice on achieving the right energy balance and losing weight before you make any changes.
Making healthy changes to your diet by eating and drinking fewer calories, exercising more; increasing physical activity by being more active will help you to lead a healthy lifestyle.[clear-line]
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