Slimming down

Disclaimer: I am not a qualified dietician nor in any way medically qualified.

Dieting a green issue? Certainly. Eating more than necessary consumes more resources. It also widens your travel footprint a tiny bit as more fuel is needed when you are in the car or on the bus. This latter may seem nitpicking but it adds up – for every 80 people are a stone overweight that’s an extra ton to be lugged around.

Overweight people also tend to be eating more convenience food and take-aways which means more packaging, often plastic.

During the 2020-2021 Covid lockdowns I lost 9% of body weight – here’s how other folks might be able to do it.

Cut back on:-

  • Biscuits
  • Booze
  • Bread
  • Dairy products
  • Meat
  • Sugar and confectionary
  • Pastries and pies
  • Take-away food


  • Eat cake nor pudding unless it is a special occasion or somebody else has offered it.
  • Buy off-the-shelf breakfast cereal without closely checking the ingredients. Most are laden with sugar.


  • Fast food outlets – take a guess at how many tons of packaging these produce in the UK alone, now double. I’ll bet it’s still less than the actual figure – see Fast food packaging waste statistics
  • Packaged food
  • Processed food
  • Ready meals

Always leave the table feeling just a little bit hungry – except maybe on special occasions (Friday night is not a special occasion).