The Carb Killer (with apologies to Grahame Green and Brighton Rock)
“Hale knew, before he had been in Prime Burger three minutes, that they meant to make him healthy. With his chubby fingers and his chunky thighs, his manner slow and lumbering, anybody could tell he could do with dropping a few pounds before the arrival of the early summer sun, the cool Whistun wind off the sea, the holiday season.
It had seemed quite easy to Hale to drop a few pounds. Fifty million people besides himself had downloaded “Lean in 15”, and for a while he gave himself up to the good diet, drinking smoothies and juices was all his diet programme allowed. For he had to stick closely a programme: to drop ten to eleven pounds no pies or pasties; eleven to twelve pounds excluded chips and deep-fried food; twelve to thirteen pounds omit all sugar, lunch would consist of something bland and watery, and after that he had all the long long afternoon to avoid any snacks. These were the limits of his absurd and widely advertised diet ….”
So yeah, it’s January and it’s all about clean eating, post-xmas detox.
You may think that means all food is off the menu unless it is the pulverised juice of one of the leafier members of the vegetable family or comes in a Weight-Watchers calorie counted container.
But good food is tasty as well as healthy.
Psychologist Meg Selig, www.changepower.net is a confirmed believer that the first step towards permanent healthy weight loss is, somewhat ironically, to lose the diet and the diet mindset.
Meg, like most health professionals, advises to think instead about a Healthy Eating Plan - a lifelong program of everyday healthy, pleasurable eating coupled with regular exercise.
It’s simple math: eat less + exercise more = weight loss. Boom!
So that means you don’t have to give up the food you love, just be aware of the calories you eat in a day and make sure you don’t eat more calories than you burn.
According to the NHS average daily calorie allowance on the NHS Choices weight loss plan is 1,900kcal for men and 1,400kcal for women. How many calories are needed each day can vary greatly depending on lifestyle and other factors.
You can see if you need to drop a pound or two here
Our Burgers, being made of 100% beef are not that naughty. It’s the delicious melted cheeses, mayo sauces, smoky bacon, deep fried onion strings and buttery brioche bread roll that sends the calorie count soaring over the daily limit.
We’ve calculated the nutritional information of our burger patties, removed the bread and the other naughty bits, which means you can burger-up for under 500 calories.
Our 100% British beef burger is 500kcalories; 2g carbohydrates; 40g protein
Or you could have a lean skinless grilled chicken breast: 192 kcalories; 0g carbohydrates; 41.6g protein
Or a veggie burger: 26 6kcalories; 20.7g carbohydrates; 23g protein 5.45
And if you’ve been a busy bee and burned of a few extra calories you can treat yourself to a half portion of potato fries which is 268 calories; 40g carbohydrates; 4g protein
Healthy eating isn’t all about complete self-denial and starvation, as the saying goes, little bit of what you fancy does you good!