As usual in the post-Christmas phase thoughts of the media and advertisers turn to holidays and diets. Paul Ross of Talk Radio had a discussion with us about the new advice to eat a 1600 calorie per day diet in order to combat obesity which is common in the UK.
I reminded him that most people forget to count alcohol, fizzy drinks and coffee drinks as part of their diet and these are often heavy in calorie content. Furthermore, research has shown that patients become bored with diets after around 14 days and revert to their normal eating pattern which is generally based upon certain habits of reward and availability as much as it is about true hunger.
While we feel that personal responsibility is the answer to controlling food intake, there are measures the food and drink manufacturers can take to reduce the sugar and fat content of readily available products. Samedaydoctor private doctor walk in GP clinics have GP’s with a special interest in diet, diabetes and obesity.