Your total points are a general guide to the total amount of real food you should be consuming daily. If you exceed the total consistently, and particularly if treats and cheats dominate your food consumption, you may have problems managing your weight and this may also have an impact on your health.

However, the individual category points are more important. The lower your points in any of the six core food categories in comparison to the guidelines the more likely you will be missing-out on the health benefits to be derived from a real food routine based on balance and variety.