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"The Truth about Calories" on BBC Earth

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No diets. No health foods. No fuss. This revelatory film allows viewers to take control over the calories they eat and the calories they burn. It will change the way we think about food forever.

Calories are the language of many diets and healthy eating plans. But the numbers you see on the packets aren’t what they seem. From the farm to the food factory, Dr Chris Van Tulleken goes in search of the truth about calories, challenging everything we thought we knew.

This film demonstrates why calculating the exact number of calories in supermarket foods is all but impossible, and reveals how doing housework can burn off calories more effectively than an intense gym workout.

With the help of expert nutritionists and chefs, Chris discovers that you get more calories from a well-done steak than one that’s cooked rare, finds out how adding double cream can actually cut the calories in your mashed potato, and learns the kitchen secrets that strip an astonishing 360 calories out of a meal without changing a single ingredient.

Packed full of surprises and revelations, this programme takes calories apart to reveal them as never before.

Forget about all those over-hyped diets – The Truth about Calories reveals you don’t need to eat less if you know how to eat smarter

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.