Control your consumption

Staying within your personal calorie limit can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. Attaining a healthy weight or physique is a balancing act. You just need to learn how to balance the calories you consume and the calories you burn over the long run.

Get started eating the right amount of calories for you:

  • Get your personal daily calorie limit. Enter your age, sex, height, weight, and activity level.
  • Keep your calorie limit in mind when deciding what to eat and drink. For example, if your calorie limit is 1,800 calories per day, think about how those calories can be split up among meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day.
  • Use the Nutrition Facts label to make smart food choices quickly and easily. Check the label of similar products for calories, and choose the food with fewer calories. Be sure to look at the serving size and how many servings you are actually consuming. If you eat twice the serving size, you double the calories. When eating out, calorie information may be available on menus, in a pamphlet, or online.
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