Here at Nutracheck, we're all about balance and don't believe in depriving yourself of your favourite foods. So as we head toward the Easter weekend, we're taking a positive planning approach and have five small but nifty ways you can bank a few calories over the next three days to earn your Easter Sunday treats!
We call it 'offsetting' – if you know you'll want a more relaxed approach to your diet, then cut a few calories here and there, or burn a few more in preparation. Do each of these for the next three days to save around 200 calories a day, giving you a total of 600 calories to spend on your Easter treat!
This will burn approximately 35 more calories each day! Easy ways to add an extra 1,000 steps include:
Calories earned over 3 days = 105
It's a small saving, but if you have lots of hot drinks, it adds up. You'll save 5 calories per mug, and if you have say 5 mugs a day – it's a saving worth making!
Calories saved over 3 days = 75
Even if you use reduced fat spread and thinly spread it on two slices of bread, it adds 36 calories to your day. So skipping this for a few days makes a difference.
Calories saved over 3 days = 108
If you have potatoes, pasta, rice or noodles with your dinner, reduce your carb portion by 10% and save a few calories.
Calories saved over 3 days = approximately 60
Challenge yourself to one of the three tasks below to earn yourselves an extra 100 calories per day:
Calories earned over 3 days = approximately 300
...approximately 650 calories banked! That's enough for a whole children's sized Easter egg! Enjoy in the knowledge you earned it!
Final tip! Remember to use your Week View. This feature is designed to help you balance your calories over the week. If you go over one day, you can get back on track over the next few days.
In the app: open the app and tap the green menu button to the right of the search bar > Week View
On the website: sign in and click on the 'Week View' link above your diary.
Nutritionist Emma Brown (ANutr), MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.