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Friday, January 16, 2009

Darts diet to change the shape of sport

Darts diet to change the shape of sport
The Dartboard Diet
The fresh produce industry’s Eat in Colour (EiC) campaign has launched the Dartboard Diet to tackle the problem of some of Britain’s weightiest arrows-men.

This weekend saw British darts players, including Ted Hankey, dominate the BDO World Professional Darts Championship but the chunky sportsmen have vowed to try and cut darts’ portly image, and their own waistlines.

EiC has created the Dartboard Diet, a 20-day plan consisting of ‘single’, ‘double’ or ‘treble’ dietary changes which shows players how they can swap less healthy options for items of fruit and veg and light exercise.

In return for swapping the crisps for carrots and a trip to the ochy for a 20-minute walk, players can enjoy a pint or two of their favourite beer, lager or cider as a reward.

On the Dartboard Diet, going for the ‘treble’ might see the player a biscuit for an apple, or get a leafy salad to accompany a victory meal, and ditch the chips.

While some diets are as tricky to follow as hitting ‘double top’, Eat in Colour has honed in on the bullseye by making it simple using their site This offers tips on healthy eating for every budding dart dieter.

Anthony Levy, who heads up the EiC campaign, said: “Men are probably the worst culprits when it comes to looking after ourselves, as most blokes would obviously prefer a pint of lager to a plate of lettuce.

“However, we are all interested in improving our scoring ability, so the Dartboard Diet is designed to offer a fun and light-hearted way to reap the physical benefits of a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

“By making a few small changes we can shrink our waistlines, stay at the top of our game and reduce the risk of developing conditions like heart disease.

“To misquote the great Jim Bowen – keep out of the black and in the red, green and yellow… there’s plenty in this game for two in a bed.” (story source...)
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