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, and now a quarter of our calories come from eating out, which can make it tricky to keep track of how many calories we are consuming. Public Health England’s new ‘Nutrition on the Go’ campaign aims to help everyone be more aware of the calories we consume on the go and to make healthier choices easier. This includes picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at our desks or buying everyday meals.
This ‘calorie creep’ contributes towards the country’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
The new nutrition campaign provides adults with a simple way to help them make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400-600-600. Everyone is 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.
Major retailers including Greggs, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway, will be providing a range of options to help shoppers find meal options around 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories for lunch and dinner.
So if you are looking to eat well, try a healthier choice today and aim for 400-600-600. Find some healthy meal options by downloading the ‘Easy Meals‘ app from our Eating page.