If you’re trying to lose weight, you might think there’s a magical number of kilojoules you need to eat each day to get that number on the scale to move. While that’s partially true - technically, consuming 2,000kJ (500cal) less each day translates to roughly half a kilo lost per week - your daily kilojoule count is highly individualised.

So how many kilojoules should you eat on average?

According to Australian guidelines, the average women should aim to consume 8,700kJ (2,000cal) per day. But your individual requirements can vary depending on your age, height, weight and physical activity level (try this calculator to see what your requirements are) .

However, it’s important to note that while you should be mindful of how many kilojoules you’re consuming, don’t let it rule your life, says dietitian Keri Gans.

Gans believes that when it comes to losing weight, it’s more effective to learn what types of foods you should be getting those kilojoules from, how much of them you should have, and when you should be noshing in order to healthfully lose weight.

“I don’t even discuss kilojoules with my clients because I don’t want them to focus on a number. Instead, I want them to focus on how to build a healthy plate because if you do it the right way, your kilojoule count will be where it should be naturally,” says Gans.

But if you really want to keep track and get advice on how to shed kilos healthily, consider visiting a dietitian.

That said, being mindful of your kilojoule intake begins with evaluating your meals. Follow these meal prepping tips from Gans to help shed unwanted kilos and ensure you’re getting the right nutrients.

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