Here you will find commentary from leading professionals and downloadable/printable PDFs with general wellbeing tips for patients or clients.
Patients are becoming more conscious of the benefits of a calorie-controlled diet, with one in two people in the UK making choices based on dietary benefits. Over 50% ‘look behind the label’, to check information on fat, sugar, salt or calories.[i]
Frylight, the original 1kcal cooking spray, can actively help patients manage and reduce the amount of calories they consume, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Working within the eating disorder field, Priya has to be clued up on fat in order to educate people on how to maintain a healthy weight and manage their relationship with food.
Priya says "Fat is something our body needs, however we do not need a large amount of it. The amount and the type of fat we eat is key to our health. UK guidelines for total fat intake for adults are 75g for men and 50g for women per day. Saturated fats and trans fats are to be avoided. Focus instead on including the unsaturated forms of fat in your diet - olives, avocado, rapeseed oil, nuts, seeds and oily fish."
Priya's mantra is to focus on eating more whole foods and cooking from scratch whenever possible, and to enjoy what you eat! Priya loves cooking herself and experimenting with different ingredients and alternatives in recipes - such as using avocado instead of butter.
Click here for Priya's Facts on Fats
Dr. Sarah Jarvis
Are saturated fats still ‘bad’?
"With so much controversy in the media about the relative risks of fats and carbs, it's hardly surprising our patients get confused."
"My view is clear - just because we're becoming more aware of the dangers of refined carbohydrates, we can't afford to take our eye off the ball where saturated fats are concerned."
"The British Heart Foundation continues to recommend choosing low fat options where possible, and so should we. There is strong evidence warning against a diet high in saturated fats - and despite longstanding healthcare professional advice, the average Briton's intake of saturated fats is 20% higher than government guidelines."
Tips for patients:
- Solid fat (at room temperature) is saturated fat. If you're going to eat fats, ones which are liquid at room temperature are higher in mono and polyunsaturated fats.
- Pure Coconut Oil is not a "get out of jail free" option! A single tablespoon contains around 120 calories, even if it is higher is medium-chain rather than long-chain fatty acids.
- All fats are equally calorie-dense and excess weight contributes to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as cancer.
- Low fat processed foods may simply be replacing fat with sugar, preparing from scratch is always healthier and doesn't need to be complicated.
- Aim for wholegrain or wholemeal carbohydrates - not just for fibre but also to increase satiety and reduce the risk of obesity.
- "Easy wins" include removing chicken skin and visible fat from red meat before cooking.
- Grill rather than fry foods, or fry using a low fat cooking spray.
To download these tips for your patients click here
For further information on how to save calories and which oil to choose please click the downloads below.
iNeilson UK State of the Nation, November 2014