Will you be making a New Year’s resolution tonight? Here we reveal the top five most popular resolutions for 2013 and give you a few top tips on how to achieve your goals.
When we asked 1,179 of you what resolutions you would be making in 2013 (Which Connect survey, December 2012), these were the most popular pledges:
1. Do more exercise
2. Lose weight
3. Eat more healthily
4. Take up or restart a hobby/activity
5. Learn a new skill
Many of you who are making resolutions are keen to eat healthily or lose weight so below we’ve got top tips on how Which? can help you achieve your goal.
But 60% of you said you wouldn’t be making any New Year’s resolutions at all.
Helping you make healthier choices
At Which? we’ve conducted a number of investigations and campaigns to help make choosing the healthiest food easier. Here are some of the highlights:
Low-fat foods on trial
Although 60% of the 1,000 members we surveyed said they eat ‘low fat’, ‘reduced’ or ‘light’ foods frequently, our research found that many of these are not much better for you overall than the full-fat counterparts.
See our full report on low fat and light foods to see how you can make the right choice on low fat foods.
‘Healthy’ cereal bars high in sugar
We analysed 30 cereal bars and found that all but one were high in sugar and that 10 are high in saturated fat, six of which are marketed for children.
Manufacturers don’t make it easy for consumers to see how much sugar or fat is in a bar, making it almost impossible to make a healthy choice. See our results to find out which cereal bars to avoid and which deserve the healthy image.
Smoothie myths busted
With many misconceptions about how much of your five-a-day a smoothie can account for, we decided to investigate the truth behind the myths, comparing the nutritional value of 52 smoothies.
Some smoothies have a high amount of sugar in them and no matter how many smoothies you have, they can only account for a maximum of two of your five-a-day quota as they contain less fibre that whole fruits or vegetables.
Campaigning for change
We’ve been running a campaign to bring down barriers to healthy eating, such as the cost of food and confusing messaging, which will improve food labelling, promotions and reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar used in food.Find out more campaign and join in so we can make a difference.
As part of our healthy eating for all campaign we have been calling for a system to be used on all branded and non-branded food. The labelling will allow consumers to clearly and easily see how much salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar is contained in a meal by coding it red, amber or green, with red indicating high levels.
Our first call for this system was made in 2004, and we are finally seeing results in 2012 with all major supermarkets taking up the scheme, and a consistent use to be introduced by summer 2013.
Kitchen gadgets to help you eat well
We’ve tested dozens of kitchen gadgets in the Which? test labs and only award Best Buy status to the very best models.
Juicers and jug blenders
One way to ensure you know what your getting from a smoothie and to keep down costs is to make your own.
We have reviewed a number of smoothie makers, juicers and jug blenders from big brands such as Magimix and Kenwood, to help you make healthy drinks at home. Not sure which type you need?
Grilling food is one of the healthiest ways to cook as lets some of the fat drain away. Our George Foreman grills advice will help you find a grill that is easy to use and clean, cooks great tasting food and is quick and convenient.
A health grill can only do so much though and what you cook on it is important too – draining fat from foods such as sausages and burgers won’t transform them from calorie-packed treats into low-fat staples.
Steamers and microwaves
Steaming keeps more of the vitamins and nutrients in food than other cooking methods such as boiling, where nutrients leach away into the water. If you don’t want to buy a separate steamer, you can steam vegetables in your microwave.
Our steamer and microwave reviews will help you find the best one to make cooking easy. You might also want to take a look at our guide to choosing a microwave and buying a steamer to help you make the best choice for you.