So… why is it so easy to put ON weight, but so difficult to lose it?
It's not as complicated as you might think.
The recommended average calorie intake is 2000 calories daily for an adult, and 1800 for a child. Ideally this should be spread out over three meals and a couple of healthy snacks.
By having 500 calories extra a day, that works out at 3500 extra a week, which equates to 1lb in weight.
That’s 52 lbs in a year; that equals 4 stone.
So what does 500 calories look like?
Big mac= 500 calories
Belgian waffle = 500 calories
4 slices of bacon and 4 sausages= 510 calories
One chocolate bar (approx. 200kcal), a bag of crisps (approx. 200kcal) and one (250ml) glass of fizzy drink (approx. 105kcal) = 505 calories
A latte is 136 calories, and biscuits can vary around 100kcals – yes, per biscuit - so you can see how easy it is to add on the weight.
So what’s the good news?
For those looking to lose that extra weight, take the high calorie foods out of your daily diet. Don’t starve though, replace them with something like an apple (100 calories), or a chocolate rice cake (80 cals) , crackers (35 cals), carrot slices (42 calories for 100grams of carrot!), water (0 calories), or plain black coffee (0 calories). Replacing your snacks in between a good breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can lose that 1lb per week until you reach your target weight.
Make sure that you watch the portion size of your main meals though; check out your portion size guide here