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Why we should balance the calories

Why should balance the calories

Risks of obesity are widely discussed nowadays. It increases the risk of heart attack, diabetes and hypertension. Scenario among Singaporeans is more worrying as survey found that 1 in 3 adult Singaporeans are either overweight or obese*.

Find Easy Tips for Calorie Balance

"Calorie is a unit used for energy"

Caloric balance is like a scale. To maintain healthy body weight, you need to ensure that ENERGY IN (calories consumed from food/beverage) = ENERGY OUT (calories burned/used by the body).

If you are eating less calories and more physically active (ENERGY IN < ENERGY OUT), you will lose weight. But, if you are eating more calories than your body is using (ENERGY IN > ENERGY OUT), you will gain weight.

And, below are few easy tips to save/maximize your energy in/out.

Save ENERGY IN (~50 - 100kcal)!

  • Drink plain water instead of
    sweetened beverages
  • Choose 'Small' size set, instead of 'Regular/ Large' set
  • Eat fruit at snack time
  • Ask for "less sweet"/ "less oil"
(~50 - 100kcal)!

  • At the office, take the staircase
  • Brisk walking with your family/friends
  • Park your car further away from the destination
  • Wash your own car

Measure your weight at least ONCE a month. Normally, weight gain takes some time and most of us do not realize. Until the old friends mentioned it or when the time you need to change clothes to a larger size.

*Source – Health Promotion Board