Adults who use wheelchairs can find it harder to lose weight because they tend to use fewer calories through physical activity. But there are still changes you can make to achieve a healthy weight.
The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day to maintain his bodyweight. The average woman needs around 2,000 calories a day.
If you’re a wheelchair user, it’s likely you’ll need fewer calories than these guideline amounts. This is partly because you tend not to use the large leg muscles. And having less muscle means fewer calories are needed to maintain a healthy weight.
A GP or dietitian can help you to work out your daily calorie needs.
You may prefer to have the support of a community weight management service. Ask your GP if there is one available near you.
Anyone who wants to use the service, which welcomes wheelchair users, is screened by a qualified weight management adviser who can tell you if the service is suitable.
For some people, a one-to-one programme may be available.