Research from Subway shows that Tuesday is the day of the week when British workers keen to shift the pounds actually act on their intentions.
One in 10 British workers admitted to lunch being their most indulgent and calorific meal of the day as almost five million employees indulge in high-fat convenience food throughout the working week. However, Tuesdays see Brits attempting to eat more healthily.
Manaaz Akhtar, head of marketing for the Subway, said: “Our research found that despite intentions to make 'this week the week when I lose weight', Monday morning blues leave UK workers prone to comfort eating. Tuesday is generally the day when the good intentions really kick in.”
Those surveyed were quick to point the finger at busy working patterns as a key reason for their lunchtime over-indulgence, with almost a quarter of workers admitting they choose convenience over health, knowingly opting for unhealthy lunches as they grab fast food to eat at their desks instead of taking a proper lunch break.
The research also uncovered that:
- Workers in London are most likely to eat lunch at their desk – over 50%, compared to the national average of 42%.
- The Welsh are least likely to care about the healthiness of their lunch – 47% admit that they don’t bother checking the fat and calorie content of their meal, compared to their counterparts in the North West (UK) where only 23% don’t bother.
- Men are twice as likely to gorge on high fat foods during the week (26% men, 12% women).
- Yet men (19%) and women (18%) are almost equal as they admit to enjoying a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar at least three times a week at lunch time.
- 24% of us say we never eat a piece of fruit with lunch and more than half (53%) never eat a side salad. This means we are missing a chance to help contribute to one of our five a day fruit and veg portions.
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