The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. It is generally recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day and women should have around 2,000. Most adults are eating more calories than they need to and should be eating less.

Eating a wide range of foods ensures that you get a balanced diet and that your body receives all the nutrients it needs. These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating;

Eat lots of fruit and vegetables  – remember 5 a day

Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish

Cut down on saturated fat

Cut down on sugar

Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults

Get active and be a healthy weight

Don’t get thirsty – drink plenty water

Don’t skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day to get your metabolism started.