SUPER-SIZED FOOD

Been eating too much on your last business trip? I definitely did!

Globally, there are now more than 1 billion overweight adults, and at least 300 million of these obese.

Current obesity levels range from below 5% in China, Japan and certain African nations, to over 75% in urban Samoa. But even in relatively low prevalence countries like China, obesity rates are almost 20% in some cities.

In the USA, one-third of all children born in the current decade will be diabetic.

Why…

The typical hamburger is now four times the size it was in the early 1980s. You can get an order of french fries/chips that is nearly three times as large as an order from 20 years ago. At the movies, you used to get five cups of popcorn, now you can get a tub that holds a whopping 11 cups.

Even our plates are bigger! The typical plate from the 1970s was nine inches across, now they’re on average 13 inches across.

But being on a diet is not always cheap… the average person spends USD$55 a week on food, but these diets cost a lot more than that:

Jenny Craig $138 per week; Nutrisystem – $113 pw; Atkins $100 pw; Weight Watchers $96 pw; Zone $92 per week

The answer… burn more calories than you consume!

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Beer!

If your drink of choice is beer, here are a few facts you may not have known. So beware when you are ordering!

Low-Carb is not as “healthy” as the packaging and marketing would have you believe. Beer already contains low levels of carbohydrates (the average beer contains only 2 per cent carbohydrate (sugars) by volume, or 7.5 grams in a 375-millilitre can) compared to soft drinks/soda that contain 40 grams (eight teaspoons) of sugar in every 375-millilitre can.

Low-carb beers contain the same level of alcohol as regular beers, and the alcohol is where the kilojoule (calorie) come from, contributing to 75 per cent of the total calories

So if you really want to curb the calories, order ”light” beer not low carb beer!

THIRSTY THURSDAY

There is nothing better than a nice glass of wine, great conversation and some bar snacks. But drinking and snacking can add up to a lot of unwanted calories, so order carefully next time.

A serving of potato chips (20 to be exact) can cost you 150 calories.
One cup of Trail Mix has a whopping 693 calories!!
Thank goodness this tasty snack only has seven calories per serving. . . Olives
And a serving of wasabi nuts has 168 calories.

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Need to detox and kick start February? Here is a healthy option for a Thursday night to get you feeling well again. It will boost your immune system, rebuild red blood cells and help flush out your kidneys

1/4 pineapple
1/2 stick celery
2 green apples
1 inch chunck of cucumber
1 handful of spinach leaves
1/4 lime
ice cubes
Juice all the fruit and then add ice and mix in a blender.

Bottoms up!