Lots of sugar and fat: Obesity due to hidden fattening foods
More and more Germans are too fat. In most cases, being overweight is due to an unhealthy lifestyle with little exercise and lots of high-energy food. Another problem is that there are camouflaged fattening agents in many foods.
More and more people in Germany are too fat
Health experts say that an increasing number of overweight people are living in Germany. The main reason for this is a much too high sugar consumption. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum of six teaspoons of sugar a day. On average, the Germans consume almost twice the amount. This also has to do with the hidden sugar in food. Gudrun Köster knows that too. In an interview, the nutrition expert at the Schleswig-Holstein Consumer Center explains why modern finished products harm our health.
Heavily processed foods
The number of people who are overweight or obese (obesity) has been rising steadily for years.
According to Gudrun Köster, this also has to do with the fact that a large part of the food is heavily processed and contains a lot of sugar and fat.
Typical examples are quick dishes, fruit yoghurt, salad dressings and mueslis.
“You can't tell from these products that there are a lot of calories in them. For example, 100 grams of oatmeal has 370 calories. In the same amount of ready-made muesli, there are up to 100 more calories, ”says the nutrition expert.
The high energy content is often camouflaged with portion information that is too small. For example, the number of calories on some cereal packaging is given for 40 grams.
According to Köster, however, that's a lot less than most people would fill their cereal bowl. The situation is similar for other finished products.
Recognize camouflaged fat makers
When asked how to identify camouflaged fattening foods, Köster replied: “If you want to lose weight, you should pay attention to the nutritional labeling when shopping. Few people are aware that they often consume as much sugar and fat with the barbecue sauce or the finished salad dressing as they do with sweets. ”
According to the expert, a traffic light label for processed foods that shows the content of sugar, fat and salt on the front of the packaging would be a step forward.
Then, for example, with mueslis it would be possible to see at a glance which product contains a lot of sugar and is not suitable for losing weight.
High sugar content in slimming products
Gudrun Köster sees the mostly intensively advertised slimming products very critically. "The idea behind this is to replace one or two meals a day with a powder shake," said the expert.
“But there are big differences in the nutritional values of the products. The sugar content in some is frighteningly high. For example, around half of the powder from Slim Fast is sugar, and almost a third at Almased. ”
According to the information, a finished Slim Fast Shake contains seven cubes of sugar, an Almased drink still five.
According to the nutritionist, it is almost like drinking cola to lose weight.
A balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is definitely the better way.
Special weight loss programs also promise quick success. But how useful are diets?
Gudrun Köster points out that although some people lose weight in a short time due to, for example, a low-carb diet, when they return to their old habits, the kilos usually come back.
You can only stay permanently slim if you recognize your own weak points and change your diet accordingly.
“It is important for perseverance that the diet is suitable for everyday life. Of course, the calorie requirement plays an important role. With increasing age, the body consumes fewer calories. Anyone who then still feeds as before increases, ”explained Köster.
Reduce excess weight
But how can you reduce or avoid excess weight? “The calorie requirement can be increased at any age with more exercise. You don't have to go to the gym straight away, ”said the nutritionist.
It also helps if you walk, cycle or climb stairs more frequently in everyday life.
There are different reasons for being overweight. In addition to lack of exercise, too large portions when eating, sweet drinks or high-calorie snacks in front of the TV can cause you to get fat.
"Those who manage to track down their own fattening habits and change them successfully lose weight and stay slim," says Köster. (ad)