Q: I am eating healthy does this mean I don’t need to count calories?

A: It is generally better for your health when you eat more foods that are considered healthy and less processed, salty, high sugar and high fat foods. Throughout the day you can enjoy a good balance of healthful fats, grains, lean protein, fruit and vegetables and dairy. Doing this means you are likely to eat quite similar to the recommendations outlined in the food pyramid, therefore, you should be getting the very important nutrients that your body needs.

But healthy food also contains energy. Too much energy can lead to weight gain in the same way too much of the food considered unhealthy can and is why this one is a myth. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your calorie intake particularly if you are trying to gain or lose weight. Regularly check your portion size, the amount we eat can get bigger over time and this can lead to us eating more calories than we think we are eating.

If you have a healthy diet it doesn’t mean you are a healthy weight. Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) here to see if you are a healthy weight for your height.