Now here’s a phrase we’ve all heard before, some of us more than we care to admit. It can strike fear into any health- conscious gym goer, and rightly so. A fish and chip tea can include anything from 850-1,000 calories per portion – this is around 50% of a female’s daily calorie intake, consumed in just one meal!
Now, I know this post is centered on a chippy tea, but it doesn’t end there. You can find this many calories in any “fast food” tea or snack, including pizza, ice cream, KFC, McDonalds etc. It may be quick and easy, but it’s derailing your fitness efforts rapidly.
You might be getting a preacher vibe, but this post isn’t about tracking macros or counting calories. It’s about giving you tips and tricks to take charge of your own situation, so you can say a firm no when people ask “shall we get a chippy tea”.
The situation starts with one of my clients returning to her parents for a couple of days, Nothing wrong there I hear you say but now she is out her control zone. Food choices are now in the hands of her parents, who decided on fish n chips. She messaged me later all full of guilt and stodgy carbs. One meal is not a disaster, for many people unless u are a bikini model or a jockey. I don’t mind my clients eating “cheat meals” or fast food every now and then as long as they are doing everything else that is asked of them. This client needed a bit of help with this situation so offered some of the following options
1, Lie – Tell your host that “I had fish n chips last night”, then suggest a healthier alternative you’re comfortable with eating.
2, Cook – “I found a great <insert healthy food of choice> recipe last night I will cook it for you, you will love it”
3, Shop – “I picked up some (healthy) stuff for tea on the way over, so you didn’t have to cook”
4, Have a BBQ – “Let’s have a BBQ” but be smart when it comes to your BBQ choices, that’s a blog for another day.
You get the idea. I understand families can be hard and every family is different, especially when it comes to explaining healthier options and changing your body and not eating fish n chips.
Thanks for Reading
Ross is a Sports and Exercise Therapy Student, he has 12 years experience working in gyms across the country. Recently he has collected qualifications in Pilates, sports massage as well as Precision Nutrition. In his spare time he likes to convince his friends to travel Europe.