Yet more diet ‘advice’ from Public Health England (PHE)
”Britain must go on a diet”. Yes, again. A calorie controlled diet. This time it’s a ‘simpler’ 400/600/600 plan. 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories for lunch and dinner. We are getting too fat, too quickly and it’s all because we ‘eat too much’.
Why I think this is the most UNHELPFUL advice
- Nobody is going to count calories.
- Nobody is going to buy Pizza and eat only half of it.
- Nobody really knows what a 600-calorie dinner looks like.
- Calories are not all equal. It is absolutely possible to gain weight, eating all the WRONG 1600 calories.
- Why talk about portion control, when soda and fruit juice consumed during the day can contain more fattening calories than a roast dinner?
Here’s a Simpler ‘Diet’ Message
- Stop drinking your calories (out goes soda and fruit juice)
- Stop snacking between meals (out goes crisps and chocolate)
- Eat real, proper food, cooked at home most of the time.
Try this PHE
- Stop talking about calories as if they are all equal. They are not.
- Stop promoting the failed low-fat diet. A 30+ year failed trial is quite enough.
- Start recognising Sugar and Processed Food as the MAJOR problem with our diets.
- Heavily subsidise fresh produce with revenue generated from doubling the soft drinks levy.
Consider carefully your partnerships with Greggs, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway. Are they really part of the solution?
It’s not about how much we eat. It’s about what we eat.
People don’t get fat because they want to eat all the time; they want to eat all the time because they’re getting fat. Furthermore, people stay fat not because they don’t exercise, but because they don’t have any energy available to do so.
The sooner we understand this and universally abandon the failed calorie theory, the sooner we can start making a dent to the current obesity crisis. It is imperative that we advise people to eat real food – that which is free from refined carbohydrates, highly processed food, and sugar. It is not about how much we eat. It is about what we eat.
As for the ‘too much salt’ concern, most of the excess salt we consume is WITHIN processed food. What’s more, excess fattening carbohydrates contribute FAR MORE to high blood pressure than excess salt.