Simple calorie savers

PA Photo/thinkstockphotos
PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

A new survey, from Evoke.ie, shows the average Brit files away 3,440 calories every day.

We can take some comfort. Against certain other countries, the US obviously, we’re not doing too badly - the average Yank puts away a nausea-inducing 3,770 calories.

But we shouldn’t take too much comfort. Even our ‘mere’ 3,440 calories a day is nearly 10,000 more calories a week than we need. And it takes just 3,500 to put on just one pound. In only one month, that’s almost a stone.

It’s a little alarming, isn’t it?

But it doesn’t have to be, all you need to do is make a few simple swaps to your daily menu, and you’re back down to a nice, safe, expert-recommended 2,000 calories...

Out: Latte In: White coffee

You need your caffeine in the morning, and that’s fine. But you don’t need your latte; what you need is a simple white coffee (essentially the same but with less sickly milk).

Calories saved: 180

Out: Banana In: Apple

Fruit is good for you, and that’s why you’re topping your cereal with a banana. Well done. Sort of. But chop up an apple instead, and you’ve instantly halved the calories.

Calories saved: 50

Out: Ginger Nuts In: Nuts

Ah, the ill-fated elevensies, the moment we all eye the packet of biscuits and think ‘just a couple won’t hurt’. But they will, I’m afraid; ‘just’ two biscuits will hurt in the shape of 200 calories. Try a handful of nuts instead - often seen as the dieting enemy because they’re high in fat, but it’s good health-boosting fat.

Calories saved: 70

Out: Soup Roll In: Oatcakes

Soup might be a healthy choice (if it’s home-made, otherwise it’s packed with salt), but make it even healthier by ditching the accompanying roll and going for a couple of less bloating oatcakes.

Calories saved: 200