Simple calorie savers

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A new survey, from, 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