These rising numbers can be attributed in part to the prevalence of fatty, salty, sugary foods in supermarkets and take-away shops, as well as the boozy culture we currently enjoy in the UK.
Unfortunately, rising fat levels are putting strain not just on our belt buckles, but on the effectiveness of the NHS.
With increasing numbers of patients admitted for weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer, budgets and resources just aren’t large enough to cover the expenses.
The solution? Curb our eating habits.
Of course, for those who lead stressful, traumatic, lonely, or difficult lives – and for those of us who just love cake, depriving ourselves of the foods we love can easily become something of a lifetime struggle.
Losing weight is just like the phrase ‘watch the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves’. Sustainable weight-loss rarely involves guzzling wheat grass smoothies and skipping dinner. Instead, it’s about changing the small things. It’s about admitting to the toast and butter you slip in after work, the chocolate biscuit you had with your cup of tea, the packet of crisps you had with your sandwich and the forkful of leftover dinner you took from the fridge in the morning.
The idea is simple: make little changes, and big changes will happen eventually.
So, to make life easier for the sweet-toothed among you, we’ve compiled some healthy yet delicious alternatives to some of the nation’s favourite foods.
You don’t need to deprive yourself, you just need to make a few alterations:
Love ice cream?
Does the thought of a chocolate-laced Cornetto get your mouth watering? As delicious as it is, that’s around 200 calories you could be adding to your daily clock. If it’s something cooling and sweet you crave, simply pop a fat-free yoghurt into the freezer for a few hours, remove the top and dig in with a teaspoon – you’ll be surprised by how much it tastes like ice-cream, and it’ll only clock up around 60-100 calories! For a more exciting treat after dinner, you could add a little melted 70% cocoa chocolate and a sprinkling of nuts to the top.
Love a naan with your curry?
Naan breads can be very high in calories and fat content – especially as they are usually so large. Swap your naan for a 95 calorie (and equally delicious) Chapatti instead. Chapatti still contains as much carbohydrate and protein as naan bread, with far less fat and calories.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than lashings of creamy mayonnaise with our packed-out sandwiches, but at a staggering 238 calories per tablespoon, it’s one of those sneaky foods that fatten us up without us even noticing. Next time, opt for hummus which comes in at around 106 calories per tablespoon, comes in a wide variety of flavours and tastes delicious with salads, sandwiches and crackers.
Of course, who doesn’t? But as with all our favourite foods, it’s not skimpy on the calorie front. One serving of beef lasagne comes in at around 300 calories and 15g of fat. Opting for a vegetable version could save you 100 calories and halve the fat content. You can bulk up a veggie lasagne with unusual vegetables like sweet potato, pumpkin and courgette for a more diverse range of flavours.
Hypnotherapy can be used as an effective treatment for food addiction and obesity. To discover more, browse our weight-related pages on Food addiction, Eating Disorders, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy and Weight Loss.
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