Saying yes to upsizing could lead to an upsized you!

It's time to say #NoToUpsizing

It’s time to say #NoToUpsizing
Do you have what it takes to keep your wits about you when you’re eating out so you don’t end up having more than you need?

We’ve all done it. You pop into a restaurant, café, newsagent or cinema with the aim of picking up one or two things – a drink or maybe something to eat – and before you know it you’ve just bought a much bigger portion. How did that happen?

It’s known as ‘upsizing’, and it’s a common practice. It can be very easy for us to say yes to upsizes, especially when it feels like a good deal, but we don’t have to! It’s up to us to say ‘no thanks’ to those extra calories. It all adds up.

Think of it as a reverse piggy-bank: whenever you upsize, you’re usually eating or drinking more than you’d intended and taking on more calories than you need – usually a lot more, in fact.

Can you resist the upsize? Play the game to find out!

Can you resist the upsize? Play the game to find out!

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Dining out

Many restaurants and cafes will try to encourage you to buy just that little bit more than you wanted to. It might be good business for them, but it’s not great for you as you end up spending more than you intended to, while taking on all those extra calories. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘no thanks’. Nothing at all.

So here are some handy numbers to keep in your head for the next time you’re tempted to say: ‘Oh, go on then’ to an upsize.

“Grab bag” of crisps

170 calories in a regular bag

260 Calories

Food on the go

How many times have you ordered a coffee and been asked if you want a larger one, or whether you’re interested in a pastry? Or bought a lunchtime sandwich and been given a friendly nod towards the meal deal – with a sugary drink and crisps? And what about when you buy a newspaper or magazine and the person on the till asks if you’d like a slab of chocolate bigger than your head for just a few extra pence? Tempting, isn’t it?

It’s easy to say ‘no thanks’, and it’s a great feeling to say ‘yes please’ to being healthier and more in control of what you’re eating. If you feel like having some crisps, that’s fine, but take a normal bag instead of the grab bag which is double the size, and double the calories. Desperate for a latte? A small or medium one is just as satisfying as the giant version. And that brownie? That’s 356 calories. Do you really need it?

“Grab bag” of crisps

170 calories in a regular bag

260 Calories

Out and about

We all experience upsizing when we’re out and about, whether we’re aware of it or not. Often, we’re in a hurry and it feels like our options are limited, especially if we’re on the move. Sometimes we’re all guilty of grabbing a larger bag of snacks than necessary. 

Or it’s the opposite of that: if you’re looking for a snack in the cinema there’s an overwhelming choice, and it’s always tempting to go for a bigger size for ‘just a few extra pence’. But stand firm: do you really need enough popcorn to feed an army? Is it worth it? Are we really being offered a good deal?

“Grab bag” of crisps

170 calories in a regular bag

260 Calories

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