1. Maintain, Don’t Gain
This first step to improving health is preventing further weight gain. It’s important to realise and acknowledge this as a sign of success- especially because as we age we are likely to gain around 1 kilogram of weight every year.
2. Balancing food and exercise
Balancing our calories in from food and drink, with our calories out from exercise and living is the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Aiming for 2000 calories a day + getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days is the best way to achieve that balance.
2. Improving the Quality
While too many calories in, and not enough calories out causes obesity, addressing obesity requires people to improve the quality of foods they’re getting those calories from. Low quality foods contain a lot of sugar, fat and salt and not a lot of healthy vitamins and nutrients. These low quality foods are also likely to be digested quickly, raising our blood sugar levels and leaving us feeling hungry and in want of more food/ calories.