Lent is here, and, sadly, it’s here to stay.
Although there is a revival not necessarily connected to religion but more aligned with mindfulness. A lot of people give up a vice for Lent and you might find that giving up something for 40 days can be a great way to kick-start a change of lifestyle, gain a habit that’s healthy or lose a few pounds.
Combine 365Gainz’s 4 Week Healthy Eating Plan with a 6 Week Home Workout Guide to see just how effective healthy food and exercise can be.
A can of pop a day does not keep the doctor away
Switch to water. The source of thousands of superfluous calories? Sugary drinks. If you had one less fizzy drink a day – and 24% of us drink at least one a day – that would be:
Total amount: 40
Total saved: 4,960 to 7,560 calories
I’m not talking about a bag of chips from the Lobster Pot, they’re off the chart, I’m talking about the salty, addictive, little fuckers from burger chains and such, impossible to stop at a few, but giving away your standard once-a-week order of medium fries for 40 days (and yes, nights) will recover you 350 calories.
Total amount: Six medium orders of fries
Total saved: 2,190 calories
If sitting in front of the telly with a bowl of vanilla, more than once a week is your idea of heaven, giving it for Lent will save you 460 calories (more, if you go for the extravagant flavours).
Total amount: 12 bowls of ice cream (72 grams each)
Total saved: 2,760 for vanilla ice cream or 3,000 for chocolate ice cream
Nooooo! Not the ale, not the gin, forget it. While a glass of red every day may have some benefits for your health, if you stop having that glass with your dinner, you’ll save 127 calories a day if you give it up for Lent.
Total amount: 40 glasses of red wine (140 ml each)
Total saved: 5,080 calories
Want to go for the whole meal? If you normally pick up fast food once a week, skipping out on a typical fast-food meal will save you 1,200 calories a week.
Total amount: Six fast-food meals Chicken Chow Mein in a large foil container has Kcal 817 and 40g of fat.
Total saved: 4902 KCal
These unhealthy, but oh, so tasty treats deserve a special mention. If you giving away two bags every week for Lent, you will save 153 calories every bag, which is 306 calories a week.
Total amount: 12 bags of crisps
Total saved: 1,836 calories
A surprising amount of people opt to give away tea or coffee for Lent, either to wean themselves off their dependence or just because that daily Costa adds up both money-wise and fat-wise. A large Costa latte 2% of which is milk can cut out 190 calories a day.
Total amount: 40 large Costa lattes (450 ml each)
Total saved: 7,600 calories
Choosing lean protein options is a better choice than processed food, but there are a lot of people who give up meat for Lent and go vegetarian. Giving away a red meat a day pattern for Lent might save you anything from a 207 calorie steak or for four slices of bacon 184 calories.
Total amount: 20 servings of red meat and 20 servings of bacon
Total saved: 7,820 calories
It’s not all bad news, a solitary piece of dark chocolate daily, can subdue any yearnings for sweetness, but if your Mars bar habit is out of control, then Lent is a great time to give it away, even just for those 40 days (and nights, don’t forget the nights). 3 squares of dark chocolate is around 170 calories and 260 calories in a 58g Mars bar
Total amount: 18 Mars bars
Total saved: 4680 calories
Filling and nutritious snacks are our friends; dried fruit and nuts for example while skirting around a daily helping of say 10 Ritz crackers will recover 160 calories. Sacrificing a 40g bag Doritos Tangy Cheese Tortilla Chips will claw back 199 calories.
Total amount: 40 servings of crackers or 18 bags of Doritos
Total saved: 6,400 calories for Ritz or 3582 calories for Doritos
These are 10 common foods that a lot of people choose to give away for Lent, as well as with the calories you’ll save if you side-step them. You may well be surprised at how many calories you save in just over a month from simply giving up your much-loved junk.
But don’t try this as a standalone act of defiance against weight loss, combine 365Gainz’s 4 Week Healthy Eating Plan with a 6 Week Home Workout Guide to see just how effective healthy food and exercise can be.