Figures reveal that the UK is now in fact the second most obese country in Europe. The UK’s growth in obesity also suggests that by 2030 74% of men in the UK will be overweight and 64% of women in the UK will be overweight. We really need to address this issue.

We feel it’s time to get to the bottom of this obesity epidemic, we sat down with personal trainer Kelly Sephton to get the low down on why the statistics are heavily going against us here in the UK, and to get her opinion on how we can improve things. As a baby we have scheduled feeding times and are supplied with the correct nutrition to help us to be healthy throughout the day. The importance of this is stressed upon new mums so their child can develop and grow.

Throughout our childhood years we also tend to have our food prepped for us, or at least our food planned out for us for the day. Breakfast before school to fuel us for our morning lessons. A snack at break time to see us through to lunch. Then a packed lunch or school dinners to keep our energy levels up for the afternoon until home time. Then of course that all important evening meal to finish the day, it’s not until I you look at things like this you begin to understand how simple we make things for children growing up.

Why is it then as we enter our adult years that the importance of regular structured meals seem to slip? Perhaps it is because of work load and family pressures, or we simply aren’t putting our health as a priority, our values change? Throughout every stage of our lives we ask so much of our bodies, constantly healing, growing and developing mentally and physically. Naturally as we enter the world of full time work, coupled with family life and social events our days and weeks become crammed full of activities. On top of this we have to deal with the stresses of life. So is this not even more reason to fuel our bodies effectively and acknowledge exactly how much we ask from our bodies?

Without pre preparing our meals it is so easy to skip meals or just grab whatever we can on the run. This tends to lead to unhealthy options like petrol garage sandwiches and crisps, fast food or just coffee to give us that quick hit of energy. If this is you it’s time to take notice!

Going for long periods without foods can often lead to us to wanting a quick sugar hit as our energy levels have dropped too low. This is when the chocolate and sweets come in, raising our blood sugars quickly so we feel energised, but as a result we will have a quick drop leading to increased sugar cravings and so the cycle continues. Sugar is said to be eight times more addictive than cocaine, which has lead many people into an obesity roller coaster of a journey.

It’s time to plan, and prepare ahead giving you and your body what it deserves in order to stand up to your day to day challenges. Don’t be surprised if your body gives up, without giving it the foods it needs on a regular basis. Therefore if you are feeling lethargic, suffer with headaches, skin conditions, IBS, or generally lack energy you have the warning signs of a deffiecient diet. It’s time to intervene, NOW..

Being organised is the key to success in the meal prep stakes. Ensuring you have the ingredients you need in advance so that meal prep becomes easy. Why not plan your or your families meals for the week in advance and see exactly what difference it makes to you week. Test how different you feel mentally, physically, the time it creates, the money you save, do I need to go on…Personally I tend to cook meals in bulk and prep for a few days ahead, you can simply use leftovers from dinner for you lunch the following day. Let us know how you get on across social media by #preppedandpacked.

Kelly Sephton-