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Eating out a lot? Be careful of ‘calorie creep’

Eating out can cause the number of calories we consume to creep up according to Public Health England. 

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Eating out can cause the number of calories we consume to creep up according to Public Health England. 

by Thomas Cox

According to Public Health England many of us are consuming more calories than we realise – an average of 200 to 300 extra calories per day. Over time, these extra calories can creep up on us and cause unhealthy weight gain.

Eating out has also become commonplace. On average a quarter of our calories are coming from eating out which can make it tricky to keep track of calories. This is known as ‘calorie creep’

This ‘calorie creep’ contributes to our countries growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting people up for a lifetime of ill health, treating obesity is costing the NHS around £6bn every year. In Telford, 67% of adults are classed as overweight.

What can you do about calorie creep?

Public Health England’s new One You campaign provides adults with a simple tip to help them make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400-600-600. People are encouraged to try to stick to around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

The tip is designed to help you to reduce excess calorie consumption and stay within their recommended daily intake – 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men each day.

Public Health England recommends 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner
Public Health England recommends 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner

For most people, grabbing lunch is the norm – but consuming too many calories is easier than people may think. Something as common as a meal deal of a sandwich, a sugary soft drink and a packet of crisps can contain around 800 calories.

Major retailers – including Greggs, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway, will provide a range of options to help shoppers find meal options around 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories for lunch and dinner. Hopefully more will follow suit.

So if you are looking to eat a little healthier, try a healthier choice today and aim for 400-600-600. Because there’s only One You.

For easy ways for you and your family to eat well visit the One You website

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