How swapping cheddar for edam and Snickers bars for Flakes could help you lose two stone in one year
If the idea of slaving away at the gym, cutting out carbs or eating nothing but soup leaves you grabbing a chocolate bar in despair, this could be the weight-loss solution for you.
Big calorie savings: Over the course of a year you could lose 30 pounds
Making subtle changes to your weekly shop could help you lose more than two stone in a year, research has revealed.
Simply swapping items such as cheddar for edam cheese, corned beef for ham and korma curry for rogan josh could reduce weekly calorie intake significantly, according to a study by the team behind Men’s Health magazine.
They analysed the nutritional value of 42 similar supermarket products and divided them into two baskets.
Substituting a single serving of the lower calorie option for each of the ‘normal’ 42 items in the basket would add up to a calorie saving of 2,205 in a week, they said.
The researchers said that such a reduction every week would lead to a weight saving of more than two and a half pounds a month.
Over a full year, the team said it would be possible to reduce the weight gain effect of what many people consider a normal diet by 30lb, or just over two stone.
Government experts recommend that women, on average, should eat no more than 2,079 calories a day, while the figure for men is 2,605.
Other examples of switches that could help cut down calorie intake included swapping two slices of Warburtons Seeded Batch bread for two slices of Warburtons Wholemeal bread, saving 158 calories.
A bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes offers a saving of 54 calories compared with an equivalent bowl of Special K Honey Clusters.
This means that simply switching to lower calorie bread and cereal for breakfast over seven days would deliver a saving of almost 1,500 calories.
The study suggests it is even possible to keep eating snacks such as chocolate while being more calorie conscious.
For example, choosing a Cadbury Flake, which comes in at 135 calories, over a Snickers bar could save 161 calories.
Details of the findings are included in a British version of the hit U.S. book Eat This, Not That.
Tom Stone, editor of the book, said: ‘Cutting calories from your diet doesn’t have to be about ditching the foods you love.’