Olympics Warning For Sports Loving Couch Potatoes
July 24th 2012 05:17
The Dietitians Association of Australia said the combination of fatty snack foods and being glued to the TV for hours makes it easier for excess weight to creep on without even realising.
She said some snacks provide as many kilojoules as a full meal, especially with super-sized food portions becoming more common. As a general rule, Ms Gilbert said snacks should provide no more than 600 kilojoules.
‘Of course, keeping active also plays a big role. If you know you’ll be spending the night glued to the box, do some exercise earlier in the day, and at the very least get up from the couch in the ad breaks,’ said Ms Gilbert.
The warning comes as a new study shows a third of the world’s adults are physically inactive, and a couch potato lifestyle kills around five million people every year.
Choose four small sushi rolls (360kJ), instead of four party pies (2020kJ),
Try a cup of air-popped popcorn (115kJ), instead of a 50g packet of potato crisps (1050kJ),
Snack on a crumpet with jam (420kJ), instead of two chocolate-coated biscuits (680kJ),
Choose strawberries and 10 almonds (375kJ), instead of dip and 10 crackers (1005kJ),
Eat a boiled egg on wholemeal toast (605kJ), instead of a slice of pizza (775kJ),
Drink a diet cola drink (5kJ), instead of a can of regular cola drink (670kJ),
Have a stubbie of light beer (430kJ), instead of a full-strength beer (585kJ).
Ms Gilbert also recommends choosing ‘treats’ that are in portion-controlled packs, such as snack-sized chocolates and single serve ice-creams, to stop extra kilos creeping on.
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