It seems women are living by an all or nothing approach when it comes to their healthy eating regime.
Modern women have adopted what is being called a ‘feast or famine’ approach to their health, according to the results of a new survey by Spatone liquid iron. They found that 80 per cent now stick religiously to low fat, calorie or carb diets during the week, only to overindulge at the weekends on junk food and alcohol.
Unsurprisingly, the survey showed Monday is the day women consume the least, with a large number of women (one in 20) consuming as little as 500 calories on the first day of the week. And a further one in 10 women claim they stick to as few as 1,000 calories from Monday through to Thursday. However, this all changes when the weekend approaches, with 83 per cent admitting they overindulge, with one in 10 having an intake of 3,000 calories per day (average).
Tiredness was revealed as the biggest trigger for food overindulgence, with 44 per cent claiming a busy week left them feeling exhausted and more inclined to give up all attempts at being healthy. Ironically, the report also revealed that a weekend of excess leaves 47 per cent of the women surveyed feeling tired.
Nutritionist Sally Wisbey suggested drinking one litre of water a day, cutting back on fizzy drinks, including a portion of green vegetables in your diet at least three times a week, adding herbal teas, walking for 30 minutes at least three times a week and making sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals.
That’s where food supplements can be handy, such as Spatone, which can ensure you’re getting enough iron.