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Has anybody unintentionally lost weight because of food companies lowering the calories in their products?

Like, if you were thin anyway have you unintentionally become even thinner or underweight? I wonder if this has happened to me. The whole point of lowering the calories after all is to make people lose weight, but they may not need to.

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3 Responses to “Has anybody unintentionally lost weight because of food companies lowering the calories in their products?”

  1. =P... =D said :

    no i am like the complete opposite.. i wish that that would happen to me:)

  2. Simone said :

    Maybe the people that are average weight or under weight don’t need to reduce their calorie intake but the amount of fat/ obese children is increasing and they are the people that they are focusing on when reducing the calories in food also there are less calories in the shops value range because its cheaper to make so maybe if you swaped to value range you lost a little weight by that.

  3. Dr Wot said :

    Probably not, because the ‘reduced calorie’ foods are something that the manufacturers make a big song & dance out of.

    Very few products would be altered without a huge relaunch and very obvious claims on the packaging. Unfortunately, this kind of marketing gives the message that a low-energy diet must be more healthy than other kinds. Instead of improving their nutrition, a lot of people just try to eat fewer calories.

    Another problem is that the people who most need to change their dietary habits are usually also the ones who ignore health advice. So this kind of marketing influences a lot of people who don’t need to restrict their diet, making them think that they can be healthier if they lose some weight (and even more healthy, if they lose a lot of weight!). But it only affects a small number of the people who might benefit from eating better.

    Most prominent health advice is paid for by food companies, and is aimed at promoting products that produce a profit for those companies (for example, the ‘pinch an inch’ campaign promoted by cereal adverts, and the more recent ‘swimsuit challenge’ from the same company). Better advice, from organisations like the Health Education Authority, is less visible because they don’t have a huge advertising budget.


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