Almost two thirds of people in the UK are overweight or obese, and so are putting their health at risk. Health experts agree that weighing too much increases the risk of a number of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, gallstones, osteoarthritis and joint and back pain, and can make us feel tired and breathless.
They also agree it’s best to lose weight slowly and steadily by taking more exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet (based on the Eatwell Guide) that’s slightly lower in calories. White fish such as cod, plaice, haddock and coley, and shellfish such as prawns, mussels and crab, are a great choice if you want to reduce calories without resorting to small portions or missing out on taste. For example, 140g grilled haddock provides just 146 calories, while 140g cooked prawns has 139 calories. Adults should aim for around 2,000 calories a day to maintain their weight. All varieties of fish are also nutrient dense, in other words, you get a lot of nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals with your calories.
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