HEMs

If you compare the average diet of a 25 and 35 year old, you’ll probably find the latter eats better on a daily basis.

As we get older, we can afford better quality food and cooking skills begin to improve, leading to a more diverse food and nutrient intake. 

But what also increases is the consumption of high-energy meals (HEMs) containing more than 60% of daily energy intake.

Whether it’s dining out, entertaining guests, or having meals delivered, the frequency of these HEMs begins to increase.

Most people don’t believe this to be the case, and they refer back to the pizzas and super-sized burgers they ate when they were younger.

While these might easily come in around 800-1000kcal per meal, a typical three-course meal with a few drinks will easily outweigh that.

So while the quality of food improves, the overall energy intake often grows with it.

When it comes to decreasing energy intake, it’s imperative to know where the calories are coming from.

When the daily food intake is pretty good, it becomes hard to see where the excess calories are coming from.

Because people eat well 5-6 days per week and have 1-2 off days, it seems like the majority of the diet is good (ie. 5-6 days) but they still can’t get results.

However, these HEMs provide an energy intake that cancels out the deficit created through those good days, often leading to a lack of progress or weight gain.

Tom Fitzgerald