CAN MANUFACTURERS CUT OUR CALORIES FOR US?

CAN MANUFACTURERS CUT OUR CALORIES FOR US?

The people of Great Britain are getting greater – but unfortunately not in the way we would like. One in four adults is obese, with a BMI over 30, and it could be as high as one in two by 2050. The government have instructed food manufacturers to help out.

What is the plan and will it work?

WHAT HAS GONE WRONG?

The general imbalance between calories in and calories out is being worsened by our changed lifestyles. Many more people now spend much longer on their commute. When they get to work they do sedentary jobs for long hours. That means they get tired and hungry, which encourages grabbing that easily available fast food or ready meal.

WHAT ARE THE FOOD MANUFACTURERS GOING TO DO?

Public Health England has told food manufacturers to take three measures. Recipes need to be changed to reduce sugar, salt and fat. Portion sizes need to be reduced, and the selection of lower-calorie products is to be increased.

WILL IT WORK?

Reducing the excess sugar in processed food is a welcome move, giving us the chance to retrain our taste-buds. However smaller portions are no good if we then eat more of the same, and it is unlikely that prices will reduce to match. We will still need to eat as much fresh food as we can, and the manufacturers cannot help with that.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP OURSELVES?

Try these changes:

  • Don’t walk with food or drink. Save calories, money and the environment by waiting until you get to the office for your first hot drink.
  • Try to make your own food, even if it is only that lunchtime sandwich. The calorie counts on pre-packed items can be very high.
  • Discourage the cake culture – ask your workplace to provide fruit, good carbs and vegetable dishes instead to stop the afternoon munchies.

Our environment and lifestyle can influence how we eat, but the final choices are all ours.

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Dan M.
8 April 2018

Dan M.

I'm a country lad moved to the city - and I really don't get this obsession with carrying expensive coffee about. There is indeed a machine at work, never mind the calories, think of the money!

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