WORKING gals scoff a staggering 100,000 EXTRA calories in snacks every year – and risk piling on an eye-watering two stone in weight.
Grazing on crisps, sweets, chocolate a cake at your desks is quietly adding up – equating to an added 2,240 calories a week on average, a new survey said.
That’s the same as necking 1,254 glasses of Prosecco, putting away 193 double burgers or 502 bars of chocolate over the course of a year.
And the real reality bites on the scales.
For every 3,500 calories the general rule of thumb is it adds a pound of weight to your waistline – assuming it’s not burned off.
So a full 100,000 kcals could potentially add up to 28lbs, or two stone!
But, rather than put their hands up, it seems many are shifting the blame.
One in seven working women claim stuffing their faces is really the fault of the kind-hearted, Mary Berry-wannabe colleague, who brings in home-baked treats.
In a typical day, women indulge in at least three snacks – adding 500 kcals to their daily total.
NHS guidelines state women should eat no more than 2,000 calories a day, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Thirty-nine per cent admit to hiding away packets of biscuits, while 45 per cent of respondents revealed their secret stash of crisps.
The salty snacks were named as the number one Achilles heel for women at work, with an average of 135 packets consumed every single year at our desks, according to the poll by Kallø.
And when it comes to sweet treats, the findings are just as dire.
Little Miss Average will inhale 135 biscuits, NINETY slices of cake, 90 packets of sweets and a whopping 45 doughnuts a year.
But, before you polish that halo and proudly tell your co-workers you would NEVER been seen eating such junk, “healthy” snacks also play a role.
The survey shows they add to that calorific total, with 45 packets of high-fat nuts eaten each year, per female employee, and another 45 bags of sugary dried fruits.
Unsurprisingly, 10.30am and 3.30pm were prime snack o’clock times, with sugar-laden, milky coffees including mochas and lattes and fizzy drinks found to be among the offenders.
And Friday was the day we’re most likely to give in to the lure of sugary treats, followed by Mondays.
Gill Green, marketing director at Kallø,who conducted the research said: “Women are consuming thousands of extra calories a week through the snacks they eat.
“So we’re launching our Snack Swap campaign to show them that through some simple snack swaps they can drastically reduce the number of calories they consume without giving up the snacks altogether.
“A Kallo Chocolate topped rice cake is only 56 calories per thin, but still offers a delicious sweet treat.
“Life isn’t about being free from; it’s about being free to. At Kallø, we don’t think eating sensibly has to mean saying no to all the things you love.
“Instead, by making intelligent food choices, life is about what you can, not what you can’t have.
“This is about loving food and eating the right way, without compromising on flavour, and by making health a foundation pillar – not dieting!”
Fortunately, 47 per cent of respondents tried to reach for fruit as much as possible to keep hunger at bay– with the typical employee enjoying 180 pieces of fruit over the course of a working year.
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