Public Health England is considering introducing a "calorie-cap" on supermarket ready-meals and fast food offerings, in an attempt to combat rising obesity levels in the UK. The move, which may come into effect in March, would see breakfasts limited to 400 calories and lunches and dinners to 600 calories. It is part of a plan to address overeating, The Sunday Times reported. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: "This is all about things like pizzas and readymade sandwiches. "We will need to set out guidelines and, I suspect, a series of calorie caps." Ms Tedstone said meals "out of home" were a problem, as many retailers are selling high-calorie food as "treats". She said Brits were consuming between 200 and 300 calories a day more than they should be. Obesity is a common problem in the UK, affecting around one in every four adults and one in every five children aged 10 and 11. It is associated with a range of health problems, from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular … [Read more...] about Britain to be put on diet as public health officials consider ‘calorie cap’ on ready meals and fast food
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BRITS are being told to slash their daily food intake to just 1,600 calories - to help combat the country's obesity crisis.Health bosses say they should now limit themselves to 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner.The new limit is well below the current recommended daily intake of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men.Those that follow the new guidelines can also eat two "healthy snacks" of up to 100 calories each a day, reports the Daily Mail.The news comes as it's revealed the average UK adult is overeating by 300 calories a day and obesity rates for men and women are at 27 per cent – the highest in Western Europe.Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the Mail: "This is a panic measure to get the public to understand they are eating too much."Portion sizes are getting bigger and bigger and people are mindlessly eating them just because they are there. The idea is sound because we are eating too much, but my feeling is the … [Read more...] about Brits told to slash daily food intake to just 1,600 calories – to combat the country’s obesity crisis
HOURS after Mo Farah picked up his Sports Personality of the Year award, we look at what the champion runner eats and drinks,The Olympic champion was the face of Quorn for three years, but it turns out he eats all sorts of things - not only veggie sausages.In 2016, Mo told BBC Good Food that his diet is "dull and tasteless".He said: "I get incredibly bored, who wouldn't? But it's the price you pay for this sporting life."I need my sugar fix from time to time - some chocolate will usually give me the variation I need, but I'm so used to the whole diet thing now at this stage, it no longer bothers me."It's pretty much as dull and tasteless as you can expect!"He also said that he can't drink Coke or Sprite, but his trainer manages to make other tasty drinks for him."My trainer concocts this sugary, protein water-based drink that manages to stop the fluid from being completely sweated out," he said."For an athlete, fizzy drinks are a strict no-no, and water obviously is the most natural … [Read more...] about What is Mo Farah’s diet, how many calories does he eat and how many does he burn in a race?
DO you know how many calories are in your Christmas dinner?We all like to splurge on turkey and all the trimmings when the big day arrives with the average person eating as many as 5,240 calories on your festive blowout, including snacks and booze.To burn that off you would need to run TWO marathons.On average a marathon runner burns 2,600 calories over 26.2 mile course – that’s around 100 calories a mile.If you’d rather cycle off your roasties you’ll need to hop on your bike for 109 miles, burning an average of 48 calories per mile.Gym goers will need to spend nine hours working out, burning 590 calories an hour, and if you’d rather jump in the pool you’ll need to a front crawl for 13 hours.Over the festive period the average person puts on around four pounds just between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.It’s not difficult to see why – many people will gorge on more than twice their recommended daily calories intake in one … [Read more...] about The calories in your Christmas dinner revealed… and you’ll need to run TWO marathons to burn them off
EVERYONE loves a takeaway but you may not realise they are loaded with calories and fat.If you are weight-watching after Christmas, think twice about scoffing one.But you don’t have to give up your treats completely – here I bring you my favourite “fakeaways”, with calorie and fat content per portion compared to the high street versions.All the recipes serve four. Takeaway: 982 calories, 32g fat / Fakeaway: 514 calories, 16g fatNOT only does my homemade version pack 468 fewer calories, it also comes with a whole load less saturated fat and salt – both of which will help to reduce your risk of heart disease. 430g portionsINGREDIENTS: 500g chicken breasts, no skin, cut into bite-sized pieces1 clove garlic, peeled and grated75g plain yoghurt1 tbsp tikka spice powderChicken stock made with 100ml boiling water2 medium onions, peeled and sliced2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced1 tsp fresh ginger, … [Read more...] about Slash the calories in your favourite takeaways with these healthy alternatives to keep your diet on track
YOU may be armed with the best of intentions, a snack draw brimming with "healthy" treats.But with no understanding of portion control, you could be eating as many as 300 EXTRA calories a day, sabotaging your dieting dreams.The rise of the clean eating trend has given way to people opting for popcorn and whole foods like nuts, dark chocolate and nut butters in a bid to keep up energy levels between main meals.But experts are warning these healthy snacks can still wreak havoc with your waistline.This set of pictures, based on NHS guidelines, offers a handy visual guide to how much of your favourite healthy treats you should actually be eating.And it reveals the best portion sizes depending on whether your want to lose, maintain or gain weight.Julian Gaine, a nutritional adviser and the founder of portion control gadget MealKitt, told The Sun Online: "Portion control is a way of visualising and understand a size of a food group to consume for a meal or an entire day."We have kind of lost … [Read more...] about ‘Healthy’ snacks could be adding 300 calories to your diet a day – follow this handy guide and NEVER overeat again
COOKING healthy, nutritious family meals does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.PETA TODD prepares quality dinners for her husband, cycling champ Mark Cavendish, and three kids, and she believes eating well is the key to fitness and health.So each week in Me, the former Page 3 model reveals how to make a tasty meal full of goodness.(Serves four, 400-500 calories per serving)MEATBALLS are a classic household favourite – and they don’t have to be the dry, bland parcels of the past.They can also be pretty darn healthy, as well as hearty and satisfying.This recipe has got rid of the traditional beef mince altogether and replaced it with lighter, leaner turkey meat with a lovely melted mozzarella centre.I’ve put together a super-simple tomato sauce, too, but will leave it up to you to decide whether you use it as a dip for the meatballs or as a sauce similar to traditional dishes.Spaghetti, penne, rice or salad complement this dish beautifully, too. YOU NEED: 3 … [Read more...] about Former page 3 model Peta Todd shares her recipe for a healthy alternative to a classic household favourite
COOKING healthy, nutritious family meals does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.PETA TODD prepares quality dinners for her husband, cycling champ Mark Cavendish, and three kids, and she believes eating well is the key to fitness and health.So each week in Me, the former Page 3 model reveals how to make a tasty meal full of goodness. (Serves four, 400-420 calories per serving)SALMON is a great way to ensure the kids get plenty of healthy fats, like omega 3 oils.It is also a great source of protein and is low in carbs, while you can serve it with anything from creamy mash to fruity cous cous. Delicious!This recipe is about as simple and fresh as it gets and I always feel like I have put pure goodness into my body after I have eaten it.YOU NEED:4 salmon filletsHandful each of parsley, thyme and tarragon, chopped2 tbsp olive oil2 spring onions, sliced2 cucumbers, peeled and finely sliced/ribboned using a vegetable peeler2 tbsp white wine vinegar2 tbsp fresh dill, finely … [Read more...] about Peta Todd shares simple recipe for a fresh, fish dish full of goodness
AN ANOREXIC teen who was hospitalised three times in four months after eating less than 600 calories a day said UK size four trousers would HANG OFF her.Megan Elliot, from Aylestone, Leicester, developed anxiety issues when her mum was diagnosed with cancer.The 18-year-old, who suffered a severe food phobia, was so distraught by the diagnosis she would punish her own body and said she wanted to be "invisible".Megan said her anorexia meant she began alienating her friends because she wouldn't leave the house and would constantly obsess over food and how she could limit her diet."It's like all of a sudden I felt like I had no control over my life. I used to love dancing and going out with my friends but after this I just stopped doing everything."I became really ill and lost loads of weight, which people really started to notice so I hid myself away from it all and put on a front when I did go out."I failed my A levels and lost my job and I really had nothing going for me."The anxiety … [Read more...] about Anorexic girl who longed to be invisible would eat just 600 calories a day… and even Size 4 trousers would hang off her
JAMIE Oliver’s food foundation is wrong to call for school bake sales to be banned according to one nutritionist – who has accused the celeb chef of trying to “have his cake and eat it”. Jamie also suggested food education is undermined with kids being bribed to attend class with doughnuts and pizza. While fitness nutritionist Rick Hay, known as The Superfoodist, has a lot of time for some of Jamie’s past healthy eating endeavours, this time around he believes the star has got it wrong. Rick used to be a primary school teacher, and he’s convinced helping kids learn about nutrition is the key to battling obesity. Here, he explains why Jamie is dead wrong to call for any food to be banned, especially when he offers calorie-rich desserts at his restaurant and recipes in his cook books.“If you’re going to say, ‘Let’s ban bake sales for kids,’ then really you should be leading by example.“I think Jamie … [Read more...] about Jamie Oliver’s call to ban school bake sales shows he wants to have his cake and eat it – why else does he serve up sugar-packed puddings and 600-calorie desserts?