MAN v FAT Newsround 9/6/2017

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Welcome to our new weekly news roundup, where we’ll celebrate your progress, bring you news from the MAN v FAT football leagues plus keep you up to date with all the latest goings-on in the world of weight loss, fitness and food. 

  • MAN v FAT Football is celebrating 30 tons of weight loss across the leagues in the UK, just over a year after setting up. The 14-week 6-a-side success has reached this landmark since establishing in January 2016, with 95% of players so far, losing weight. Andrew Shanahan, the founder of MAN v FAT Football said: “I think it’s a phenomenal achievement and I’m proud that we’ve got more than 3,000 players now in 25 leagues across the UK. I believe that the players should be very proud of this achievement because it’s their work they’ve done getting back into football, losing weight and getting fitter, which has really seen hit this incredible target of 30 tons. A massive well done to all of them.”

  • The Hull MAN v FAT league were part of a thrilling 4-4 stalemate against a local Men United league at the Kingswood academy. This is one of a number of games that the leagues have been organising themselves recently and as we progress we’ll be featuring these in more detail. If you are a player on the league and want us to shout about a game you’ve organised then just email us on 


  • New MAN v FAT Football leagues have launched in Milton Keynes and Walsall will now be offering the 14-week scheme. It also saw the restart of the Manchester league at the Armitage Sports Centre.


Men’s Health Week runs from Monday June 12 to Sunday June 18 this year and it will be offering extra motivation for those men who want to lose weight. This year the theme is all about belly fat, a particular issue for men who bemoan the state of their beer belly (sound familiar?). The Men’s Health Forum’s annual campaign week will be to ask the question “Do you have a hazardous waist?” The organisation will also be picking out and explaining the seven most common health problems modern men face. 


  • Could syrup be healthy for once? There’s a new zero-calorie butterscotch syrup from Active Foods on the block. It’s just become active (no pun intended) and this could be worth a try with some berries and porridge, after all, it is sugarless, and fat free – but not stickiness-free. Sigh. You can buy it for £4.49 on amazon if this gets glued to your mind (like it does to your hands). As always read the label and keep in mind that over-consumption of sweeteners often create other issues from a digestive point of view… 
  • Good Grain have done us the world of good with their new vegan crostini. Yes, they are lightly salted (the best type of salted) organic and free of any glutinous gloop. They are 99 calories and 1.8g of fat per 35g serving, but make sure you don’t go against the ‘grain’ eating bags and bags as the salt and fat intake will grow. So only have them as part of a balanced diet. Ocado sell them at £1.60 for a 70g packet.




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