How much energy do I need to maintain my weight?

As a general rule, the average Australian needs to consume about 2,000 cal to maintain their weight.

But everyone is different and daily energy requirements are influenced by weight, height, physical activity levels... the list goes on.

Energy needs also fluctuate daily as well. For example: if you do more activity on one day, your requirements will be higher compared to days when you’re not as active. Your energy requirements also vary depending on your lifestyle.

If you would like to work out your exact energy requirement we recommend you speak to your GP and/or dietitian.

How much energy do I need to achieve weight loss?

Weight loss for every individual is different, and as such, we recommend that you consult with your GP or a dietitian prior to commencing any weight loss to ensure it’s right for you! Typically, to achieve weight loss of 0.5 – 1kg per week, your calorie intake should be less than your daily energy target.

So, if your daily energy target is 2000 cal, to achieve a weight loss of about 0.5kg per week:

Daily energy = 2000 cal - 500 cal for weight loss = 1500 cal per day

(Average; individual requirements will vary)

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