Easter is a wonderful time for celebration. With 2 bank holidays and comparatively less pressure and stress compared to Christmas, it’s a time when people are able to relax, enjoy the good weather and meet up with families and friends. This year, the fabulous weather certainly helped those social gatherings to go well.
But as we return to work this week, many of us are contemplating the need to cut back a bit after a bit too much indulgence.
Take a typical Easter day’s consumption, those few extra treats certainly add up…
- Breakfast – total 454 calories:
- Cornflakes 167 calories
- Danish pastry 287 calories
- Easter dinner – total 1,732 calories:
- Roast dinner 650 calories
- Profiteroles (x 5) 270 calories
- Cheese and biscuits 394 calories
- 2 glasses red wine total 238 calories
- 5 Celebrations chocolates with coffee 180 calories
- Mid-afternoon Creme Egg – 174 Calories
- Evening snack tea “Just something little as we ate so much at lunch” - 782 Calories!:
- Ham and cheese toastie 429 calories
- Crisps 132 calories
- Beer 221 calories
- Easter egg (Dairy Milk 218g egg) 1,155
- GRAND TOTAL 4,297 CALORIES
It’s surprising how a few indulgences can add up… This would be more than double the recommended daily calorie intake for the average woman. And unfortunately, evidence is that indulgence can become a habit. Just one glass of wine a day is over 40,000 calories in a year. Research has previously suggested that an average wine drinker can expect to gain half a stone each year due to the additional calories consumed.
People struggling to keep their indulgences in check are likely to see their waistlines expand. In fact, the UK is now Europe’s fattest nation.
However, there are many that are taking action. The Hospital Group is the UK’s leading provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands; and has seen dramatic increases in enquiries for the procedure.
A spokesperson for the Group said: “With the rise in obesity in the UK, enquiries for gastric bands at The Hospital Group are up 20% this year so far. The gastric band enables overweight and obese patients to succeed in losing weight as the band effectively reduces their appetite so that they consumer smaller portions and stay fuller for longer on less food. Weight loss is natural and inevitable. 99% of our gastric band patients are successful in losing weight, so it is an effective procedure for those that need to take action on their weight.
However, for those whose weight is not unhealthy but who wish to take targeted action on their shape, liposuction may be more appropriate. This offers a cosmetic surgery option for patients who are looking to improve their body shape by removing excess fat in areas such as the tummy or flanks. We have seen an increase of an incredible 131% in patients enquiring about liposuction to target those areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. We practise liposculpture, which emphasises the aesthetic result of the procedure and the results are simply stunning.”