A similar number of calories to standard foods may lurk in your so-called “low fat” foods meaning you’ll still have to hit the gyms. Manchester however has the answer with a variety of fitness options.
Some foods branded as low fat can contain a similar number of calories, or even more sugar, to their standard counterparts according to research by the consumer watchdog Which? Their investigation discovered that up to six out of 10 people eat low-fat or “light” foods believing that they are better for them than the standard alternative. They believe these lighter alternatives can help them lose weight.
Which?took a snapshot sample of 12 low-fat, reduced and light products from varioussupermarkets and compared them with their standard counterparts. They discovered that there was very little or no difference in the calorie content.
This is no comfort for those hoping that by eating lighter snacks they can avoid having to attend the gyms Manchester has to offer. But the city is a place where if you want to get fit there are plenty of options available. Exercise and healthy eating should ideally go hand in hand.
The Which? research uncovered misconceptions among consumers about what the terms “reduced fat” and “light” meant. Products labelled with these terms only have to contain 30% less fat than the standard version, yet only 16% of people surveyed understood this.
Anything that is labelled as low fat must contain less than three per cent fat, but reduced fat, light and lite, means 30 per cent less fat that the original product. If a product is more than 20g of fat per 100g then it is still a high fat product. So if the original is high in fat and the “light” version is 30 per cent less fat – it doesn’t necessarily make it a low fat product.
The answer to all this confusion? Read labels properly and familiarise yourself with what all the terms actually mean. And in addition to buying your lower fat alternatives, maybe it’s a wise lifestyle choice to visit gyms, Manchester fitness centres, parks and sports clubs in order to increase your exercise level and maintain a healthy weight naturally.
If you are interested in visiting any of the gyms Manchester has to offer and want to visit on a pay as you go basis, visit www.payasugym.com.