Why do we constantly snack?

I’ve just been watching an episode of Celebrity Goggle Box. From Rylan and his mum munching on vegetable crisps, to the All Saints girls gorging on pizza, it seems that everyone was eating.

Before that, we had watched an episode of Mum. I don’t think there was one bit of this half hour where someone wasn’t snacking on something.

I’m now starving!

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The problem is, I’m not snacking.

I’m sticking to my three meals a day, as per the Fast 800, which also includes eating within certain hours. I’ve been doing so well, I don’t want to give in to temptation just yet. But it’s so hard when everyone around you seems to be constantly eating.

I don’t know if it’s just me noticing this because I’ve changed the way I eat. It probably has a lot to do with it. I never really gave much thought to it before that either.

Now I’m calorie counting, I’ve begun to see how easy it is to over eat during the course of the day.

You might think it’s healthier to eat little and often, but I reckon that’s actually a dangerous way to overeat. When you think the recommended maximum calories a day for women is 2000 and for men, 2500, you don’t actually need to eat that much for it to add up.

Our takeaway dilemma really highlighted this for me.

I thought I’d treat myself, as I’ve been doing so well. And the kids fancied Wagamama food, which is healthy, right?

I love the duck donburi, but when I looked it up, found it was 1408kcal per serving. When you’re trying to stick to 800 per day, that completely blows it out of the water. It’s also more than half the recommended maximum in one meal. I kept looking, and in the end went for the mini chicken ramen (371kcal) but took out the noodles so it would have been less than this. That’s a children’s meal. Minus some.

It’s not that I’m trying to freak people out, but I noticed a particular cake in Costa today that was around 500 calories per slice. Combine this with a medium latte made with semi skimmed milk, at 103 calories, and you’re well on your way to reaching your total in just your morning coffee, or elevenses.

Once upon a time, it was frowned upon to eat between meals and considered crass to eat on the go. Mealtimes were a sit down occasion, savoured and shared.

The snacking industry changed all this, when it gave us products that told our parents it was a good idea to give us. Anyone remember the words to the Fudge Advert? “A finger of Fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat. A finger of Fudge is just enough until it’s time to eat. It’s full of Cadbury goodness…” and so it goes on. For me, this advert epitomises everything the snacking industry stands for. It gave us treats that would keep us going between meals, it gave us alternatives to breakfast, lunch and even dinner. It gave us the convenience to eat anywhere and everywhere, and as a result, we are now a nation that can not stop eating.

Have you tried not eating between meals? It’s hard.

I think that’s partly out of habit more than anything else. And also, like I said at the beginning, because you are surrounded, constantly, by other people eating.

When it comes down to it, you put food in your mouth, and you burn off that food to use energy. In most cases, the input does not equal the output, not even close and it’s no wonder we all struggle with our weight.

About Nicola Young

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