Leading nutritionist Rob Hobson says the ‘Happy Apple Plan’ is the best way to help shift those extra pounds

As a result of the pandemic, healthy eating is riding higher on the consumer agenda than ever before. Leading nutritionist Rob Hobson partnered with British Apples and Pears to promote the ‘Happy Apple Plan', reaping the benefits of eating an apple before a meal as part of a healthy diet and weight loss plan.

Consuming an apple before a meal will help to increase the overall fibre content of that meal, and help you feel full and satisfied for longer. Just snack on a fresh and crunchy British apple as you’re preparing a meal, and then you’ll not only benefit from being less likely to eat as much of the meal, but you’ll also benefit from the apples’ healthy flavonoids and fibres that can help to burn belly fat and promote satiety.

There is no need for concern about a ‘sugar rush’ when you eat an apple before a meal. Although they taste sweet, apples release energy much more slowly than refined sugary treats helping to supply a more sustained level of energy while not inducing energy slumps after eating. What’s more, numerous studies have demonstrated that high water density foods are effective in helping weight loss. Apples are made up of 86% water, so keep us feeling fuller on fewer calories, meaning we are naturally less likely to mindless snack or binge.