On paper, weight-loss is easy. There’s just one simple rule: burn more calories than you consume.
Unfortunately, nothing is ever really as easy as it looks on paper. Really, life is full of dangerous temptations in the form of cakes, chocolates, crisps, chips, pizzas, burgers and all the other delicious but detrimental foods experts blame for making the nation fat and ill. As much as you might want to lose weight and get healthy, the process itself can be incredibly difficult.
Without signing up to some expensive, cult-like calorie-counting club, how on earth do you keep track of your daily calorie intake and outtake?
Thanks to food labelling regulations in Britain, you can find out exactly how many calories you’re about to consume by checking the little traffic-light wheel on the packaging.
Keeping an eye on how many calories you burn, however, is not quite so easy.
You might think the ten minute walk to the pub justifies the pint of beer you have when you’re in there, or that the walk up the stairs in the office justifies the digestive biscuit you had with your tea – but do these activities really add up sufficiently?
Is the nation’s perception of calories all wrong?
To get an idea of how many calories you burn during a normal day, here are a few common activities and the calories it takes to do them (estimates only):
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes burns 5.7 calories.
- Dusting for 30 minutes burns 80 calories.
- One hour of ironing burns 91 calories (that’s a lot of ironing).
- 30 minutes of walking at a moderate pace on flat ground burns 114 calories
So, if you wanted to burn off an average portion of fish and chips without doing any exercise, you would have to complete the above tasks…twice. That’s two hours of ironing, an hour of dusting, an hour of walking and a very long teeth-cleaning session. Just for one meal.
If you were to sit down doing nothing all day, it would take over six hours to burn your meal off. However, doctors warn that sitting still is seriously detrimental to health and contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease.
If you think you might be eating too much and you’re finding it hard to stop, then you might benefit from trying a hypnotherapy session. Hypnotherapy works by altering your thought patterns, which can in turn alter your behaviour towards food and prevent you from eating too much. Hypnotherapy could also help motivate you to partake in more physical activity so that you can start to balance off the amount of calories you consume with the amount you burn.
Find out more about how hypnotherapy can help by visiting our Weight Loss page.
Find a full list of activities and the calories they consume by visiting the Boots website.