ALL this week The Star has brought you the shocking facts and figures behind South Yorkshire’s obesity problem.
Today you can take our quick Health Quiz to see which side of the health and fitness line your lifestyle puts you.
How often do you eat chocolate, sweets, cakes or biscuits?
Only on the weekends 0
One little thing a day 1
A couple of times a day 3
You mean there’s other stuff to eat?! 5
How much exercise do you get?
30 minutes of cardio 3-4 times a week 0
I try to get to the gym a couple of times a week 1
I do some form of exercise most weeks 3
I manage to get out of bed and walk around all day 5
What do you drink?
I try to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day 0
I drink some water, as well as tea and coffee or cordial 1
I probably don’t drink enough and could definitely drink more water 3
I never drink water, I prefer fizzy pop 5
How often do you drink alcohol?
I don’t 0
A glass or two on the weekend, but I don’t overdo it 1
I’ll have a few drinks throughout the week, and more if I go out 3
I like a drink most nights and usually get quite drunk on the weekend 5
An average evening meal is:
Healthy: Chicken or fish with wholemeal pasta or rice and plenty of vegetables 0
On the go: I’ll end up grabbing something quick like beans on toast 1
Fattening: Pizza, burgers or sausages with chips or plenty of white pasta 3
Fast: Takeaway, either Chinese, Indian or a visit to the chip shop 5
Reserved for the weekends 0
Something light like sugar-free jelly, and not every night 1
A handful of biscuits or a bun 3
Sponge and custard after dinner, followed by a bag of chocolate later infront of the TV 5
0 - 3
LIFESTYLE = top notch!
You really know the importance of taking care of your body and treating it like a well-oiled machine. Your body is in great shape and you’ll reap the benefits of such a healthy lifestyle as you get older. Remember that the occasional treat is good for the metabolism (and the soul!) so don’t be afraid to enjoy the odd splurge. Keep your exercise routine as varied as possible for best results.
4 - 10
LIFESTYLE = needs a little work
Occasionally grabbing something light, like beans on toast or eggs for dinner, is fine, but make sure that the majority of your evening meals feature lean proteins and fresh vegetables as this is what your body needs. Alcohol should be reserved for the weekends, rather than a nightly tipple, and even then, don’t overdo it. There’s nowhere good for all those empty calories to go! A little tea or sugar-free cordial is fine, but make sure you’re also getting plenty of water. And up your weekly exercise a little to give you even more energy.
11 - 20
LIFESTYLE = isn’t in good shape
You’re eating too much junk and your body isn’t getting what it needs. Learn how to make a few basic, healthy evening meals you can prepare quickly and take the time to shop for fresh food. Commit to a regular fitness routine, perhaps with a class that you can attend regularly. Classes are great for people who lack their own ‘get-up-and-go’ and sometimes need a little push. Drinking more water will give you more energy too, as well as ridding your body of built-up toxins and making your skin clearer and hair shinier. Resist the idea that every meal must end with dessert. Start by alternating ‘dessert’ days and keep the portion smaller.
21 - 30
LIFESTYLE = Warning: You can’t go on like this!
If the evidence of your lifestyle isn’t already showing on your body, it soon will. It’s time to stop making excuses.
Fill your house with good foods like vegetables, chicken, fresh fish, wholemeal bread and pasta and leave all the junk on the supermarket shelves so you’re not tempted. Allow yourself one ‘cheat’ meal a week where you enjoy a great pasta dish with a glass of wine and a small bar of chocolate.
Start exercising, gently at first, with regular walks or jogs around the neighbourhood and build it up as your fitness improves. Replace all the alcohol you’ve been drinking with plenty of water and instead enjoy just a couple of alcoholic drinks on the weekend. And tear up those takeaway menus!