This is high quality research you need to read. None of it surprising I guess but the message can’t be emphasised enough in my opinion.

“Prior to the study, the researchers assumed that people were in general over-eating by about 100 calories a day, however, the results were far more alarming – it was found that between 350 – 500 extra calories a day more than is needed is being consumed by many.

In real terms this means says Rush that children would have to cut their intake by about 350 calories a day – equal to one can of fizzy drink and a small chocolate bar, and adults 500 calories – the equivalent of a large burger.

Professor Rush says in today’s society, walking an extra two, to two-and-a-half hours a day to burn off the extra calories, is not really an option and we need to be realistic about what physical activity alone can achieve.

Thanks Professor and good work!

Now think twice before throwing in that seemingly innocuous and innocent little, teeny chocolate bar. Remember it is no surprise that a guy survived for weeks on a Mars bar in freezing conditions.

Nutrient dense, energy sparse is what we are after folks. Not the other way around! Unless you are stuck on a mountain with no help in site for 2 weeks.

 Professor Rush says the study shows that in order to influence the underlying drivers of obesity we should be looking more to the ‘energy in’ side than the physical activity side as over-eating or eating highly calorific foods are key players in obesity.

Nevertheless says Professor Rush this does not say that throughout life, physical activity is not essential for health and quality of life”

Hear Hear my good man!

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