Reality TV again folks.
This time a couple are dismayed that despite eating healthily, the pounds are piling on.
They agreed to be filmed for five days and keep a food diary.
Their eating habits were also studied and they were followed when they went out or shopping.
She said she was eating 1000 calories a day during filming.
She was actually eating 2900 calories.
He said he was eating 2000 calories a day for those five days.
He was actually eating 3700 calories a day.
From my “expert armchair”, I could already sense where they were going wrong, eating what they thought was a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, but forgetting the little things in packets and extras that didn’t make it into the meal or to a dinner plate .
Both had a shock when they got on the scales.
Both got an even bigger shock when it was proven just how many calories they were consuming.
He loves to cook, and made a healthy mousakka. His cheese sauce contained 2700 calories. He cooks with butter and a litre of oil for his roast. He picks as he cooks, crisps, dips, cookies (250 calories each).
She loves to eat and sample what he cooks as he’s cooking. She also has his leftovers, takeaways, and chips with both mayo and ketchup.
Once they realised they were secret eaters (or absent-minded ones), they went on a healthy eating programme, he on 2500 calories a day and she on 1800.
In five weeks, she lost 15lbs, and he lost 10lbs.
He’s ditched the butter and oil in his cooking, they weigh everything and stopped having takeaways.
I know why our extra pounds are creeping back on. Part is we don’t have so far to walk for Maggie or for using the marina facilities, but most is our eating habits just now.
Yes, I cook as healthily as I can, have loads of fresh fruit and veg, lean meats, rice, pasta, most meals from scratch. I make sauce for our McCheeses or cauliflower cheese, but I don’t use butter, neither do I use a whole slab of cheese for it (200g makes a sauce for the three of us).
Remember my birthday Ferrero Rocher?
The box is still unopened on the bedside table and the two packets of cheese and onion crisps I bought a little while ago are intact in the cupboard (lost out to prawn crackers).
It’s those darn biscuits that are demolishing my will power!